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The #iwill fund (formerly Youth Social Action) aims to increase youth volunteering and social action by 50% by 2020.
The money for this fund has been provided by The Big Lottery and the Government Office for Civil Society.
About the fund
Fund size: £40,000
Grants available: £1,000 – £5,000
Objectives of the fund: This fund is looking for youth social action which is defined as ‘practical action in the service of others to create positive change’ and covers a range of activities such as fundraising, supporting charities, tutoring and mentoring, supporting other people, and campaigning for causes.
Who can apply?
• Community groups working in Buckinghamshire
• Registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations including Social Enterprises and CICs
• National organisations with local branches (with their own management committee and bank account)
What will #iwill fund?
• Social action opportunities for young people aged 10 to 20 when the programme begins, or 25 for disabled people. However, projects do not have to be led by a youth group
• Applications should be for a project that lasts up to one year (including one-off events)
• 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 example regular ongoing volunteering may not be achievable for the young people you engage)
• Core costs are eligible if the other criteria are met, including how the project meets the principles of great youth social action
• Incentives for young people if they will genuinely engage people who might not otherwise be engaged. Incentives should emphasise social activities when possible. For example, winning vouchers, time credits, tickets to a show, or a social dinner in a restaurant together
What will #iwill not be able to fund?
• Statutory services – statutory organisations cannot bid for the fund
• Activities promoting party political activity
• Capital costs / equipment
• Individual sponsorship
• Activities generating private profit
• Faith projects which evangelise or proselytise religious beliefs
• Projects that only work with one faith
• Cash incentives (although expenses incurred while volunteering can be paid in cash)
Advice to successful applicants from year 1 (Youth Social Action) on applying to year 2 (#iWill):
Groups in receipt of a Youth Social Action grant (awarded in 2017 by Heart of Bucks) are able to apply for another grant from this fund which is now known as #iWill.
This second grant may be for a new project or continuation funding for the original project. If it’s to enable a project to continue it will be especially important to demonstrate within the new application the impact of the original funding and the way in which continuing with the project will make a difference to young people’s lives. Although not essential, priority will be given to organisations which have been able to raise additional funds for the second year as a result of the funding given in the first year. Again, this should be clearly demonstrated within the application.
Whether it’s for a new project or continuation, organisations should have provided “end of grant” information if the first grant has been fully spent, or an update on progress if it has not been fully spent.