The Alec Dickson Trust is seeking applications for its Grant Program to support young people in the UK who want to use volunteering or community service to do brilliant things in their communities.
They think that young people are amazing and that they have the potential to make the world a better place through volunteering. So, they provide grants of up to £500 to individuals or groups of young people aged 30 or under, to help they put their ideas into action and run projects that benefit the lives of others – particularly the most marginalised and disadvantaged.
- Up to £500 – they ask all applicants to provide a detailed budget for their funding project as part of their application, with a breakdown of exactly how you intend to spend the money.
What sort of projects does the Alec Dickson Trust fund?
- They fund volunteering projects run by young people under 30. If you’re thinking of applying, your project should:
- Be run by a young volunteer, or team of young volunteers
- Take place in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
- Have a clear benefit to others in the wider community
- Most importantly, your project should encourage volunteering. The more volunteers you can get involved, the better!
- They also love innovative projects. If you’re doing something that you’ve noticed a real need for in the community or something that hasn’t been done before, they want to hear from you!
What are they looking for?
When they assess projects, they’re looking for:
- Volunteering: They support projects that support and encourage youth volunteering. They particularly like to fund projects that involve lots of volunteers, and/or encourage these young people to stay engaged as volunteers in the long term.
- Need: They support young people who run projects that have a positive impact on disadvantaged communities and individuals. They’re looking for projects that identify a specific need, and propose to carry out activities that will clearly help to address this need. They’re particularly interested in projects that will have a deep and meaningful effect on those it reaches, as well as projects that are as long-lasting and sustainable as possible.
- Innovation: Ultimately they’re looking for youth volunteering projects that help to improve communities, but if the project is new and exciting then even better! They particularly like to fund volunteer initiatives that are innovative and try to do things a bit differently, such as using social media creatively or using existing resources in new ways.
For more information, visit http://www.alecdicksontrust.org.uk/apply/funding/