#iwill Fund

The #iwill fund is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. Youth social action has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefitting local people and places. The aim of this grant is to raise the level and quality of youth social action. Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities. Social action develops the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for. 

Grants of £1,000 – £5,000 are available for one off events or projects that last up to 12 months

Criteria - The #iwill fund is open to community groups that will promote volunteering, fundraising and campaigning amongst young people aged between 10 and 20 (25 years for young people with disabilities).

Who can apply? - The fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations in Wiltshire and Swindon. Social Enterprises and CICs may also apply, subject to our normal restrictions on funding to such organisations (click here to see our grant criteria for groups)

Themes and outcomes - Projects do not have to be led by a youth group but applications must demonstrate that their project can meet the following:

  • Challenging - Taking the young people out of their comfort zone, whilst keeping the activities fun and enjoyable
  • Youth-led - Young people are taking a lead in decision making and creating ideas for the project
  • Socially Impactful - The project has clear benefit to the community
  • Progressive - There is a knowledge of your local area and how the project can link in with existing activities
  • Embedded - A sustainable project giving lasting skills that can be used throughout life
  • Reflective - The young people are able to look back on the project and evaluate their experiences

Priority will be given to projects that: 

  • Seek to increase participation from young people from lower social economic groups and people who might not usually take part in social action, e.g. engage new volunteers
  • 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
  • Clearly demonstrate principles of great youth social action. For example: an enjoyable project that enhances young people’s social lives, provides the opportunity to meet new people, positively impacts the wider community and develops longer term connections between volunteers and the wider community
  • Have a plan to measure and report positive changes made
  • Demonstrate sustainability beyond the life of this grant

Click here to see: What we don't fund 

Closed - next round to be confirmed.

Download the guidance notes for applications here: #iwill guidance for applicants

If you have any queries please contact us on 01380 729284 or email applications@wiltshirecf.org.uk


Attached files: 
PDF icon #iwill Criteria & Guidelines 2018.pdf458.67 KB