#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 #iwillFund 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.
This fund is open to groups in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.
Grants are between £1,000 and £5,000. 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
For more information and to apply, visit: www.lancsfoundation.org.uk/funds/iwill-2018
Deadline: Friday 21 September 2018