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#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.

Nottingham Community Foundation are supported by Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service and Nottingham Police and Crime Commissioner.


  • 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.
  • 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.

Projects need to demonstrate how they will apply all six principles of youth social action:

  • Reflective – supports critical reflection and learning
  • Challenging – ambitious, but enjoyable and enabling
  • Youth-led – shaped by young people’s decisions, needs and ideas
  • Impactful – benefits issue, community, or cause
  • Progressive – links to other opportunities and ideas
  • Embedded – linked with existing pathways, becoming habit for life

More details about the six principles can be found on the #iwill website here

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 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, hard to reach groups and people who might not usually take part in social action;
  • 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 social action; support habit forming behaviour; leave a legacy of behaviour/activity after the funding stops
  • Involve young people in planning, delivery and evaluation.
  • Give young people the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their character and confidence.
  • Give young people the platform to get their voice heard.

What we will fund:

  • Staff costs – Budget for staffing, including full-time staff, part time staff and other related expenses
  • 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 that fall outside capital, volunteer or staffing costs, e.g. catering, insurance.

What we won’t fund:

  • Statutory services
  • Activities promoting 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
  • 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.

 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 April 2018 and close on 28th May 2018.

The grants panel will make decisions on applications in June and release funds for spend early July 2018.

For more information please contact us on 01623 620202 or email

Click here to apply to the #iwill Fund

For full fund criteria and guidance for applications click here