The Suffolk Community Foundation has launched a call for proposals for #iwill Fund (Formerly Youth Social Action Fund) with an aim to increase participation in youth social action by fifty percent by 2020.
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- Socially Impactful
- Seek to increase participation from young people from lower social economic groups and people who might not usually take part in social action.
- Embed skills in young people / the wider community while delivering. For example, listening skills, maths and English, cooking, media and communications, evaluation and capturing success.
- Meet principles of great youth social action. For example:
- Are enjoyable / satisfying for the young people
- Enhance young people’s social lives and provide the opportunity to meet new people
- Positively impact the wider community
- Develop longer term connections between volunteers and the wider community (for example growing vegetables at the city farm and then selling them, rather than painting the shed at the city farm)
- Have a plan to measure and report positive changes made
- Demonstrate sustainability beyond the life of this grant
- The funding is for community groups working in England.
- This fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations including Social Enterprises and CICs.
- National organisations with local branches (with own management committee and bank account) can apply.
- New groups that fulfil all the other criteria are welcome to apply.
- The fund is to deliver social action opportunities amongst young people. Definition of young person: any person age 10 to 20 years old when the programme begins, or 25 for disabled people.
- Applications should be for a project that lasts a year. However repeat funding is a possibility.
- Community groups that can draw in match-funding are encouraged to apply. The presence of match funding will not affect their assessment of your application.
- 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).
For more information, visit https://www.suffolkcf.org.uk/grants/iwill-fund-formerly-youth-social-action-fund/