#iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. The #iwill Fund has been created by Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, which have invested £20 million each to the #iwill Fund to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.
The #iwill Fund is match funded in Norfolk by Norfolk County Council.
Grants of between £1,000 to £5,000 are available to support projects in Norfolk that engage young people in volunteering and other activities that both benefit their communities and develop their skills. Grants must be spent within 12 months of being awarded.
Types of activity that can be funded:
- Projects should involve young people aged 10-20 years and up to 25 for disabled young people.
- 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).
What we can fund:
- Staff costs – Budget for staffing, including full-time staff, part time staff, sessional staff and other related expenses e.g. a volunteer coordinator
- Development and capacity building costs – Budget to help build capacity and sustainability of organisation e.g. staff/volunteer training, external consultancy fees
- Volunteer costs – Budget for reimbursements of expenses, e.g. telephone calls, travel and meals
- Activity costs – Budget for resources to facilitate a project / activity (which are not already included as part of equipment, volunteer or staffing costs) e.g. catering, insurance
- Skills development projects, which help young people be ‘social action-ready’
- Established groups with an existing youth provision may apply for NEW projects or an expansion and development of an existing project (recruiting new young people etc) which meet the aims of #iwill
- Continuation funding for previously funded organisations is available, where the organisation can demonstrate effective and impactful use of the previous grant and learning and adaptation of processes.
What we can’t fund:
- Statutory services
- Activities promoting religious or party-political activity
- Capital costs / large equipment costs – small scale equipment, such as tools are acceptable up to 10% of the requested grant
Priority will be given to projects that:
- Seek to increase participation from young people from less affluent social economic groups and people who might not usually take part in social action, e.g. engage new volunteers.
- Are working with young people at the younger end of the spectrum (10-14 years old)
- Build the appetite of young people to continue with campaigning, fundraising and/or volunteering; support habit forming behaviour; leave a legacy of behaviour/activity after the funds stop
- Have an intergenerational aspect – for example providing opportunities to share skills and experiences between young and older people
- Involve young people in consultation, planning, delivery and evaluation
- Give young people the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their character and confidence
- Give young people the platform to get their voice heard
To find out more about the background and principles of campaign visit the #iwill website.
Funding decisions will be made in November 2019.