#iwill is a UK-wide campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020. Through collaboration and partnership it is spreading the word about the benefits of youth social action.
The programme aims to increase overall participation of young people in meaningful social action from 40% to 60% by 2020, with a particular focus on deprived areas.
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.
Step Up To Serve, Big Lottery Fund and the Government Office for Civil Society have invested £2million this year to fund groups delivering youth social action opportunities. Community Foundations will match this investment.
The #iwill Fund looks to support activities that create opportunities for young people aged 10-20 to develop their character and their capacity to significantly contribute to their community.
Groups must demonstrate that their programme can meet the following quality principles of great youth social action:
- Socially Impactful
- Projects can be up to a year in duration.
- Grants should deliver social action opportunities for young people age 10 to 20 years old, or 25 for disabled people.
- This fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations including Social Enterprises and CICs 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.
- Projects that support the development of emotional wellbeing, mental health and resilience will be accepted providing the model has the inclusive of young people shaping the delivery or being involved in the delivery.
We will prioritise projects that:
- Seek to increase participation from young people from less affluent social economic groups, hard to reach groups and people who might not usually take part in social action
- Are working with young people at the younger end of the spectrum (10-14 years old)
- Build the appetite of young people to continue with social action; support habit forming behaviour; leave a legacy of behaviour/activity after the funding stops
- Involve young people in 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
This fund aims to develop opportunities rather than fund the provision of existing youth work. We are looking to fund organisations that support young people to thrive and where the involvement of young people in social action will improve the outcomes of the organisation. Skills development projects, which help young people be ‘social action-ready’ are as valuable as existing project delivery itself.
Acceptable Project Examples
- Staff costs – Budget for staffing, including full-time staff, part time staff and other related expenses
- 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 that fall outside capital, volunteer or staffing costs, e.g. catering, insurance
- Organisations NOT based and active in Hampshire including Portsmouth and Southampton
- Organisation with unrestricted reserves of more than 12 months running costs
- Capital building projects
- Application from individuals
- Public bodies: local authorities or schools
- Organisations whose Objects are for the sole benefit or relief of animals or plants
- National charities (except those with local branches using their own management committee and bank account)
- Any party political activity
- Commercial ventures
- Proselytising activities, ie active promotion of a specific religion or belief system