#iwill Fund: Last chance for youth grants
The final deadline for local community groups who work with young people to apply for a grant from this year's #iwill Fund is Friday 10 August.
Grants of £1,000-£5,000 are now available and the #iwill Fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), aims to encourage youth social action among young people aged between 10 and 20 years, and up to 25 for disabled young people. Social action - such as volunteering, fundraising and campaigning - can develop the skills and knowledge of young people, boosting access to further education, higher education and employment. Projects can last up to one year or be one-off events, and repeat funding is a possibility for those who were awarded a grant last year.
The most recent [June 2018] local groups to receive #iwill funding are:
- Radio Ninesprings - £5,000 to provide broadcast media training to young volunteers in Yeovil
- RAISE South West CIC - £4,850 to develop life skills and volunteering among young people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, county-wide
- Purple Elephant Productions CIC - £4,390 to develop volunteering roles for young people in Frome
- Rubbish Art Project - £4,113 to help young people in Shepton Mallet explore environmental issues
- Elim Connect Centre - £3,337 to promote youth volunteering in Wells
- Lower Lakes CIO - £1,750 for an intergenerational social action project in Chilton Trinity
Youth social action creates a double benefit, strengthening communities and developing the skills of the young participants by transforming character and improving well-being.
Peter Savage, trustee at Lower Lakes CIO said: “Our #iwill grant will go towards connecting younger and older people; the project is called Dedicated to You, and young people design and build a timber bench that they dedicate to an older person who has made a difference in their lives. It encourages them to spend time thinking about the positives in other people, while learning new skills, such as work ethics and intergenerational social interaction.
"The Dedicated To You memorial bench is quite a common sight across the UK, but we decided to make the process more meaningful to people who are alive, while facilitating positive experiences for as many young people as possible.”
The #iwill Fund, created with funding from the UK Government and the Big Lottery Fund, is part of the national #iwill campaign, coordinated by the charity Step Up To Serve, and aims to get six out of ten young people involved in social action by 2020. It has been made possible thanks to a £40 million joint investment of National Lottery funding through the Big Lottery Fund and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.