Youth Social Action Fund

The #iwill campaign is being coordinated by the charity Step Up To Serve (Charity No.1154588). It was launched in 2013 after Government research into how the business, education, public and voluntary sectors could support young people to engage in social action. More information can be found at and @iwill_campaign.

To support the initiative Big Lottery Fund and Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the national #iwill fund. The Community Foundation intends to match #iwill funding with £100,000 over 2 years to support a Youth Social Action Fund for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

The Youth Social Action Fund will support both traditional social action such as regular youth volunteering at a care home and newer ways to create positive social impact such as micro-volunteering activities (e.g. a social media campaign by young people promoting positive body image).  Grants of £1,000 – £5,000 will be available for projects of up to one year’s duration working with young people age 10 to 20 years old when the programme begins, or 25 for disabled people. The fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations. Social Enterprises and CICs may also apply, subject to our normal restrictions on funding to such organisations (see our grant making policy at In assessing applications we will have particular regard to safeguarding issues, and applicants are advised to review their current practice using the guidance and online safeguarding tool available at . We anticipate that the first grants from the fund will be made in June 2017.

Details of the Youth Social Action Fund, which will have its own specific application form, will be published in the Call for Applications section of our website at on Monday 27 February 2017. Please note that we will not consider applications submitted prior to this date on our standard application form.


Posted on 16/01/2017 @ 9:48 am
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