Description: The #iwill Fund looks to support social action activities that create opportunities for young people aged 10-20 (or 25 for disabled people) to develop their potential and their capacity to significantly contribute to their community. Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering and has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, and in turn benefit the local people and places.
Type: Project costs
Maximum: Grants range between £1,000 and £10,000, the average grant award is £5,000
Notes: Outcomes will be communicated by the end of January 2023 at the latest.
The #iwillFund looks to support social action activities that create opportunities for young people aged 10-20 (or 25 for disabled people) to develop their potential and their capacity to significantly contribute to their community. Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering and has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, and in turn benefit the local people and places.
Applying for a grant
- Grants are between £1,000 and £10,000 (the average grant award is £5,000)
- Projects can be up to a year in duration
- Grants should deliver campaigning, fundraising and/or volunteering opportunities for young people age 10 to 20 years old, or up to 25 for disabled people.
- This fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations including Social Enterprises and CICs limited by guarantee in England.
- National organisations with local branches (with their own management committee and bank account) can apply.
- New organisations that can demonstrate they are financially robust can apply.
We will prioritise projects that:
- Are working with young people at the younger end of the spectrum (10-14 years old)
- Seek to increase participation from young people from less affluent social economic groups and young people who might not usually take part in volunteering, campaigning and fundraising activities, in particular:
– young people from socio-economically deprived areas and communities, specifically
those scoring lower than 20% on the indices of multiple deprivation.
– young people in areas of economic deprivation and those ethnic groups that have
been hit especially hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Build the appetite of young people to continue with campaigning, fundraising and/or volunteering; support habit forming behaviour; leave a legacy of behaviour/activity after the funding stops
- Involve young people in consultation, planning, delivery and evaluation
- Give young people the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their character and confidence
- Give young people the platform to get their voice heard.
Applicants should address some of the six principles of Youth Social Action.
More details about the 6 principles can be found on the #iwill website here.
What we will fund
- Staff costs – Budget for staffing, including full-time staff, part time staff, sessional staff and other related expenses e.g. a volunteer coordinator
- Development and capacity building costs – Budget to help build capacity and sustainability of organisation e.g. staff/volunteer training, external consultancy fees
- Volunteer costs – Budget for reimbursements of expenses, e.g. telephone calls, travel and meals
- Activity costs – Budget for resources to facilitate a project / activity (which are not already included as part of equipment, volunteer or staffing costs) e.g. catering, insurance
- Skills development projects, which help young people be ‘social action-ready’
- Established groups with an existing youth provision may apply for NEW projects or an expansion and development of an existing project (recruiting new young people etc.) which meet the aims of #iwill
- Continuation funding for previously funded organisations is available, where the organisation can demonstrate effective and impactful use of the previous grant and learning and adaptation of processes.
What we won’t fund
- Statutory services
- Activities promoting religious or party-political activity
- Capital costs / large equipment costs – small scale equipment, such as tools are acceptable up to 10% of the requested grant
- Individual sponsorship
- Activities generating private profit
- Organisations that are in receipt of a current #iwill grant from a Community Foundation (unless the grant is due to be spent and monitoring submitted before the new grant would be awarded)
Please see CCF’s generic guidelines for who can apply and in particular the additional CIC criteria. Please note this fund will only support CIC’s Ltd by Guarantee.
Apply online: Begin your application