Status:   Open
Closing Date:  12/08/2019

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.


What is the #iwill Fund?

#iwill is a UK-wide campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many young people as possible by the year 2020. 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 £2 million this year to fund groups delivering youth social action opportunities.  Nottingham Community Foundation are supported by Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service and Nottingham Police and Crime Commissioner.

Nottinghamshire Community Foundation will be administering 2019 grants for groups in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.



The #iwillFund 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.

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.



  • Grants are between £1,000 and £5,000.
  • 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.


Who is eligible for a grant?

  • 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.


What can a grant be used for?

We are looking to fund projects to create a positive social impact and improve community safety such as micro-volunteering activities where young people decide what they want to do.

We want to fund enjoyable projects that build and share skills, demonstrate positive impact on the wider community to include improving social cohesion and crime prevention.



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.


What we will fund:

  • 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
  • Continuation funding for previously funded organisations is available, where the organisation can demonstrate effective and impactful use of the previous grant and learning and adaptation of processes.


What we won’t fund:

  • Statutory services
  • Activities promoting religious or party-political activity
  • Capital costs / large equipment costs – small scale equipment, such as tools are acceptable up to 10% of the requested grant
  • Individual sponsorship
  • Activities generating private profit
  • 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)


Amounts available and rounds

The #iwill Fund will provide funding of between £1000 and £5000 for each project.

The fund will open for applications on 3rd June 2019 and close on 12th August 2019.

The grants panel will make decisions on applications in September.

For more information please contact us on 01623 620202 or email


Download the full fund criteria and guidance for applicants