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Youth Social Action Fund Grant Programme

CURRENTLY CLOSED to new applicants. Please check this page for further updates. 

The Youth Social Action Fund will open for the second round of applications, on Monday 15th May at 9am.

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 England. 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. Applications will be invited from Monday 15th May to 5pm, Monday 31st July. The application form and supporting documents will be available to download on the Worcestershire Community Foundation website from this date.

Worcestershire Community Fund 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. 

Downloads:
Information to read before applying
Criteria
Application Form
Generation Change Document
Project Examples
Youth Social Action Fund Report

Comic Relief Grants Now Open

Worcestershire Community Foundation is one of the delivery partners for the Comic Relief Local Communities programme. The new 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 in rural areas.  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 by rurality. 

A limited number of grants of between £1,000 to £5,000 for up to 12 months are available to 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 that there is a very limited amount of money (only £17,000) available in total for grants and that possibly, as few as three grants could be made. We anticipate competition will be high and far outstrip the funds available. Therefore, 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 and your submission includes all supporting documentation requested.    

Due to the rural nature of Worcestershire and the disadvantages associated with rurality, combined with the limited number of grants available, the panel will give priority to small groups or organisations in areas of rural disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and can demonstrate strong evidence that they are undertaking actions that have an impact on addressing these needs. Groups will need to demonstrate clearly how their project fits into the Comic Relief Building Stronger Communities Programme 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.    

Deadline for submission of applications: Monday 30th October.   

For further information, please contact:  

Justine Carbury
Community First in Herefordshire and Worcestershire
justinec@comfirst.org.uk
01684 312751 

Downloads: 

/uploads/documents/Core-Strength_Guidance.docx

/uploads/documents/Application form - Comic_Relief_Core-_Strength.docx

Please email your completed application to:
justinec@comfirst.org.uk



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