Applications Open for Comic Relief’s #iwill Youth Social Action Fund!

Deadline: 12 May 2017

Comic Relief has partnered with the #iwill campaign, to create a £2.4 million Youth Social Action Fund to target young people from less affluent backgrounds. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get six out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have each invested £20 million to support young people access high quality social action opportunities.

Co-produced with young people, and championing peer to peer engagement and the importance of trust building, this initiative will fund projects to seek out young people, and encourage those from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action.

Funding Criteria

The criteria for the grants will be:

  • Ability to demonstrate effective ways to build relationships with ‘reluctant’ young people in their own community
  • Ability to demonstrate how they will engage those young people in creative, innovative and meaningful social action
  • Activity funded under this programme will need to reflect the Step Up To Serve Six Shared Principles of quality social action:
    • challenging
    • youth-led
    • socially impactful
    • progressive
    • embedded
    • reflective

Thematic Areas

The young people who helped us co-develop this initiative expected youth social action to be developed, led, and managed by young people, and were most interested in activities focused on the following areas:

  • Mental health
  • Children in care, or those who have left care
  • Homelessness
  • LGBTQ+

Types of activities which could sit under these topics fell into three potential areas:

  • Awareness and education
  • Handling change
  • Support at the right time

Funds Available

Funding is available for grants of between £20,000 to £50,000 per year for up to three years (with a maximum of £150,000 in total).

Eligibility Criteria

In addition we will prioritise organisations that:

  • Have a strong track record of working with young people in areas of deprivation and poverty
  • Can demonstrate the leadership of young people in their organisation, and how young people have helped develop their applications
  • Have engaged with the types of young people that would benefit from this work and have demonstrable knowledge and experience of the communities they will be working with
  • Have existing strong working partnerships with local business, enterprises, or other groups that may be able to help with the outreach and engagement of ’reluctant’ young people
  • Grants are available for organisations based in the UK for work in the UK.
  • There is no restriction on the annual income of the organisation or partnership applying for a grant.
  • Only one proposal per organisation will be considered.
  • There is no restriction on applying for this grant if you have another grant with Comic Relief.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Country: UK

For more information, please visit #iwill Youth Social Action Fund.


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