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Youth Social Action Fund Grant Programme

The Youth Social Action Fund will open for 2018 applications, on Monday 19th February 2018.

Deadline for applications: TUESDAY 3 APRIL - 10am  

The fund is aimed at increasing volunteering, fundraising and campaigning amongst people aged between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for young people with disabilities.

We are encouraging grant applications for £5,000 from community groups, charitable organisations including social enterprises and community interest companies (CIC) working in Worcestershire. Projects must 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. 

The application form and supporting documents are available to download below. 

Worcestershire Community Foundation are working with Community First to administer the grants and provide advice.

To find out more about the fund and criteria, please see the #iwill website http://www.iwill.org.uk/ and see their Generation Change document which explains in more detail about the principles of youth social action. If you have questions about the fund or applying, please email grants@comfirst.org.uk and we will respond as soon as possible. You can watch a video about projects helping to give young people stronger connections in their communities, here. Video courtesy of Co-op Foundation. 

Some Examples of Projects Funded by Worcestershire Community Foundation, through #iwill Youth Social Action Fund

Love Our Space
St. Chad’s Church, Rubery
Rubery is a community that sits on the border between Worcestershire and Birmingham and is split into two parts by the A38. This project is led by young people from this divided community who will create a piece of public art that will symbolise unity; the process will bring together a range of young people, some of whom will meet for the first time, as they engage a professional artist to bring their vision to reality.                                 

The Games Club Juniors
Your Ideas, Youth & Community Project
This is a great example of self-help. This group runs a weekly games club for 15-24 year olds who are on the autistic spectrum. The Club is really successful in creating friendship opportunities, improving fitness and building confidence. The young people involved recognised that the original age limit excluded people, so they will be developing their coaching and support skills so that a new group for 8 to 13 year olds can be set up.  

I Can
Redditch Youth and Community Enterprise
Redditch faces some of the most challenging social issues in Worcestershire, making an initiative in this area particularly important. This will offer young people opportunities to volunteer in a wide range of activities that suit their interests and skills. Examples range from IT mentoring for elderly people to leading activities in a junior youth club. This will introduce young people to the pleasure and benefit of working to improve their communities and perhaps begin a lifelong habit of volunteering.  

Pershore Riverside Centre CIC
Youth leaders have identified a range of issues affecting the culture of young people. This initiative will offer young people aged 17 + an opportunity to become Young Volunteers. They will receive training and have supported opportunities to work, particularly with younger age groups, to involve them in activities and build their commitment to enhancing their local communities. This work will take place at the youth centre and other locations across the area.

Volunteering to Change
Unlocking Potential Foundation CIC
This piece of work will offer young people who are at risk of offending the opportunity of training and placement as a means to divert them away from crime and antisocial behaviour. Training will include activities such as Sport Activator and First Aid. The initiative will work with local police to identify young people who are most likely to benefit. This is a great example of where a big difference can be made by getting involved before real problems emerge helping young people to experience the fun and benefit of being an active member of society.  

Building Futures
Reach CIC
This is a very practical and tightly focussed initiative aimed at young people who are at serious risk of becoming disengaged from society. The programme is being developed by Reach CIC, specifically to work with children in school years 7 and 8 who are at risk of becoming NEET. The programme aims to help children achieve better outcomes before they reach the age of 16.   Atrix SAV Bromsgrove  Arts Centre Trust This initiative will develop a volunteering and social action programme for a core group of young people, including NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training).  It will support them to progress into other development opportunities. Both in-house work placements (a Café and technical opportunities) and external community outreach placements will be used as a catalyst for progression.        

Downloads Youth Social Action Fund:

Information to read before applying
Application Form
Generation Change Document
Project Examples
Youth Social Action Fund Report
Current YSAF Projects in Worcestershire

Comic Relief Grants 

Deadline for applications: WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH - 4pm     

Worcestershire Community Foundation is one of the delivery partners for the Comic Relief community grants programme. The current programme, Core Strength - Local Communities, is aimed specifically at small, community led organisations in Worcestershire which play a vital role supporting people to make positive changes in their lives and their local communities.  

It will provide funding for essential, core running costs for small, locally led community organisations that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on people’s lives who are excluded or disadvantaged. 

We have a total of £8,000 left to allocate in grants of between £1,000 to £5,000 for up to 12 months for local community organisations with an annual income of up to £100,000. We appreciate that a lot of effort goes into making an application. Therefore, we stress the requirement to discuss your eligibility and application with us before making a full application.

We advise that applicants ensure their applications are high quality, answer all questions and that answers are underpinned with strong evidence as appropriate. In addition, we ask that you ensure the application meets the specified criteria of the fund. Finally, your submission must include all supporting documentation requested (see list in the application form).    
Is your organisation eligible to apply? (check closely ALL the eligibility criteria in the Guidance)
Can you write an application that evidences how you meet the full 'Criteria'? (check closely the 'Criteria' in the Guidance)
Can you write an application that can evidence how you meet the 'Priorities' listed in the Guidance? (If we are over subscribed, we will only look at applications that meet one or more of these listed 'priorities').

The panel are especially interested in receiving applications from small groups or organisations in areas of rural disadvantage. They want to see applications that demonstrate a clear understanding of the needs of their community. All applications should demonstrate strong evidence that they are undertaking actions that have an impact on addressing the needs identified. Groups will need to demonstrate clearly how their project fits into the Comic Relief Core Strength priorities.  

Please note:  We want the grant to have an impact for the successful applicant’s organisation - therefore, there is no added advantage of applying for £1,000 rather than £5,000 as a lower amount will not necessarily be considered more favourably than a £5,000 application.    

Downloads Comic Relief: 


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Please email your completed application with all required additional documentation to:

For further information, please contact:  
Mark Herriott 
01684 312730 
c/o Community First, First Floor, Unit 3 Harmac House, Chequers Close, Enigma Business Park, Malvern, WR14 1GP

Nationwide Building Society Community Grants 

Worcestershire Community Foundation are promoting this fund for communities in Worcestershire. However all applications to be submitted to Heart of England Community Foundation by the deadline, for assessment.

Follow this link for instructions: 

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