The #iwill Fund looks to support social action activities that create opportunities for young people aged 10-20 to develop their character and their capacity to significantly contribute to their community. Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteeringand has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, and in turn benefit the local people and places.

Who can apply?

  • This fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations including Social Enterprises and CICs in England.
  • National organisations with local branches (with their own management committee and bank account) can apply.
  • New organisations that can demonstrate they are financially robust can apply.

When to apply?

  • The Round opens on 2nd September 2019


We will prioritise projects that:

  • Seek to increase participation from young people from less affluent social economic groups, hard to reach groups and people who might not usually take part in volunteering, campaigning and fundraising activities;
  • 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 funding stops
  • Involve young people in 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.

Before applying please read the #iwill grant making criteria carefully to make sure that you are eligible to apply.  

To apply to the fund, we are inviting organisations to register their projects on the Good Exchange – a funding platform that connects donors and funders with the groups they wish to support.

Please note that on the platform, you’re able to list the full cost of running your project of which #iwill may choose to support an element up to the value of £5,000. Other donors and funders may also wish to contribute, so please make your request clear. You can also use the Good Exchange as part of your fundraising strategy, to promote your project via social media etc, and to showcase your work to a wider audience.

 To make sure that we can consider your project for funding under the programme, please put #iwill in the title of your project, and we will be in touch if your project meets the programme aims.

Please contact a member of the Grants Team on 0191 378 6340 if you have any questions or need help with your application.