The Youth Social Action Fund is open for grant applications between £1,000 and £5,000 to promote volunteering, fundraising and campaigning amongst young people aged between 10 and 25. Deadline: 13 November 2017
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. The programme aim is to increase youth social action by 50% by 2020 taking the percentage of young people that volunteer from 40% to 60%.
The definition of young people is between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people.
Big Lottery Fund and the Office for Civil Society have invested £2million this year to fund groups delivering local youth social action opportunities. Local fundraising is also a key part of the Youth Social Action programme.
Who can apply?
- This fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations, including social enterprises and CICs.
- National organisations with local branches (with their own management committee and bank account) can apply.
- New groups that fulfil all the other criteria are welcome to apply.
- Projects do not have to be led by a youth group.
- The fund is to deliver social action opportunities amongst young people age 10 to 20 years old when the programme begins, or 25 for disabled people.
- Applications should be for a project that lasts up to a year.
- Projects do not have to last a year, eg they can be one-off events.
- Repeat funding is a possibility.
- Community groups that can draw in match-funding are encouraged to apply.
- The presence of match funding will not affect our assessment of your application.
- Projects can deliver opportunities in a range of contexts and settings: for example online, extracurricular, in clubs and groups, informally, or as part of structured programmes.
- Groups should 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. For example, regular ongoing volunteering may not be achievable for the young people you engage.
- Core costs are eligible if the other criteria are met, including how the project meets the principles of great youth social action (below).
Who can’t apply?
- Statutory services – statutory organisations cannot bid for the fund
- Activities promoting party-political activity
- Capital costs/equipment (purchase of refreshments for volunteers is okay)
- Individual sponsorship
- Activities generating private profit
- Faith groups are welcome to apply, but activities that evangelise or proselytise religious beliefs will not be eligible. Projects that only work with one faith are also not eligible.
Groups applying must demonstrate that their project can meet the following principles of youth social action:
- Socially Impactful
More details about the principles can be found on the #iwill website. It is important to read these before applying.
Further information on eligibility can be found in the attached guidelines.
How to apply
Click here to apply online. The online form can be saved and continued as many times as needed, and the link you receive in your inbox can be shared with colleagues if necessary.
To read about recent YSAF funding click here.