Big Lottery Fund and Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill fund. Cumbria Community Foundation are acting as match funders and are awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill fund across the county.
The aim of the fund is to increase volunteering, fundraising and campaigning amongst people aged between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people
Who can apply?
• registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations including Social Enterprises and CICs
• national organisations with local branches (with own management committee and bank account) can apply
• new groups that fulfil all the other criteria are welcome to apply
• the fund is to deliver social action opportunities amongst young people. Definition of young person: any person age 10 to 20 years old when the programme begins, or 25 for disabled people
• applications should be for a project that lasts a year. However repeat funding is a possibility
• community groups that can draw in match-funding are encouraged to apply. The presence of match funding will not affect our assessment of your application
• projects can deliver opportunities in a range of contexts and settings: for example online, extracurricular, in clubs and groups, informally, or as part of structured programmes
• groups should engage young people in ongoing regular volunteering OR demonstrate how another youth-led method will be as effective at engaging young people in social action. (For e.g. regular ongoing volunteering may not be achievable for the young people you engage)
Groups must demonstrate that their programme can meet the following quality principles of great youth social action:
reflective, challenging, youth-led, socially impactful, progressive, embedded
We will prioritise projects that:
• seek to increase participation from young people from lower social economic groups and people who might not usually take part in social action
• embed skills in young people / the wider community while delivering. For example, listening skills, maths and English, cooking, media and communications, evaluation and capturing success
• meet principles of great youth social action e.g.
– are enjoyable/satisfying for the young people
– enhance young people’s social lives and provide the opportunity to meet new people
– positively impact the wider community
– develop longer term connections between volunteers and the wider community (for example growing vegetables at the city farm and then selling them, rather than painting the shed at the city farm)
• have a plan to measure and report positive changes made
• demonstrate sustainability beyond the life of this grant
We will not support:
• statutory organisations
• activities promoting party political activity
• capital costs or physical items (purchase of refreshments for volunteers is okay)
• individual sponsorship
• activities generating private profit
• faith groups are welcome to apply but activities which evangelise or proselytise religious beliefs will not be eligible. Projects that only work with one faith are also not eligible.
How much can you apply for?
• between £1000 and £5000 for each project
If you would like to know more about this fund please contact:
Annalee Holliday on 01900 825760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.