The #iwill fund (formally Youth Social Action Fund)
Deadline for applications: MONDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2018 - 5pm
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 or you can complete an online application by clicking on:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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.
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.
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
Generation Change Document
Yth Social Action Fund Report
Current YSAF Projects in Worcestershire
Comic Relief Grants
Deadline for applications: CURRENTLY CLOSED - however, we would be interested to hear from you if you think you would be eligible to apply
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 the lives of people who are excluded or disadvantaged.
Grant applications are accepted for between £1,000 to £5,000 for up to 12 months for local community organisations with an annual income of up to
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).
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
Downloads Comic Relief:
/uploads/documents/Application form - Comic_Relief_Core-_Strength.docx
Please email your completed application with all required additional documentation to:
For further information, please contact:
c/o Community First, First
Floor, Unit 3 Harmac House,
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
Follow this link for instructions: