The #iwill campaign aims to ensure that 60% of 10 to 20 year olds across the UK are taking part in meaningful social action by 2020.

The #iwill fund is an integral part of this work. The National Lottery and Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill fund.

Virgin Money Foundation  is acting as a match funder, creating a £1,7 million programme, awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill fund.

The new #iwill fund aims to support the ambition of developing a lifetime commitment to social action, increasing the number of opportunities for young people to volunteer and fundraise for, or campaign on, issues that are important to them.

The find has a commitment to reducing the social and financial barriers that stop some young people from taking part in social action.

The Virgin Foundation is match funding £850,000 from Big Lottery Fund to create a £1.7 million, three year #iwill Take Action Fund.

In launching the fund they are funding under three themes:

  • ‘Our Physical Environment’ – the aim is to foster a sense of community pride and empower young people to make the communities they live in a better place.
  • ‘Our Health’ – the fund wants to encourage young people to tackle health issues that affect their community using sport and peer networks to raise awareness to the campaign
  • ‘Our Culture’ – this is to create a voice for young people to be heard. The campaign aims for young people to use art and media as a tool to raise awareness of the issues that matter to them and their communities.

The fund is looking for projects working with young people aged 10-20 or up to 25 for disabled people.

To be able to  apply you must first provide evidence that young people have been involved in the planning of your project and how that will continue for the duration of the grant. Activities must include volunteering, campaigning or funding.

Applications will be assessed on how well they reflect the #iwill 6 principles of great social action.

In addition, each applicant will be expected to tell the fund how they intend to work with at least one of the following groups:

  • young people living in the top 5% deprived areas of the North East
  • BAME youth
  • Young parents
  • Young offenders
  • Young homeless people

Applications can be from £10,000 to £60,000 for up to two years activity.

The main grants programme is open and will close to applications in December 2018.

To find out more about this scheme please visit the Virgin Money foundation using the link provided on the right hand side, or get in touch directly using the contact information also provided on the right.