#iwill is a UK-wide campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many young people as possible. Through collaboration and partnership, it is spreading the word about the benefits of youth social action.
Step Up To Serve, The National Lottery Community Fund and the Government Office for Civil Society have invested £2million this year to fund groups delivering youth social action opportunities. Community Foundations are expected to match this investment.
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.
The #iwill Fund looks to support social action activities that create opportunities for young people aged 10-20 to develop their potential 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:
- 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.
- Youth Social Action includes volunteering, fundraising and campaigning, as well as skills and confidence-building projects which work with young people. This fund will prioritise organisations working with young people from less affluent backgrounds, to develop an appetite for this sort of activity
We will prioritise projects that:
- 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
- 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 campaigning, fundraising and/or volunteering and 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 potential and confidence
- Give young people the platform to get their voice heard
- Can address the six principles of Youth Social Action
This fund aims to develop opportunities rather than fund the ongoing costs of existing youth work. We are looking to fund organisations that involve young people in volunteering, campaigning and fundraising activities.
Acceptable Project Examples
- 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
- 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
- Statutory bodies: local authorities or schools
- Organisations whose Objects are for the sole benefit or relief of animals or plants
- National charities without a local branch who have their own management committee and bank account
- Any party political activity
- Activities generating private profit
- Proselytising activities, ie active promotion of a specific religion or belief system
- Capital costs / large equipment costs – small scale equipment, such as tools are acceptable up to 10% of the requested grant
- 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)