Today, Comic Relief is announcing an exciting £2.4 million of funding available through the #iwill Youth Social Action Fund.
Last year 42% of 10-20 year olds took part in meaningful youth social action, like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, in communities across the UK. Taking part in youth social action creates opportunities to learn, to be recognised for their contributions, and to improve networks between peers and communities. Evidence shows that it may also help with employability of young people. Yet there is still a gap in the level of youth social action undertaken by young people from less affluent backgrounds.
Comic Relief has partnered with the #iwill campaign, to create a £2.4 million fund to target young people from less affluent backgrounds. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have each invested £20 million to support young people access high quality social action opportunities.
Co-produced with young people, this initiative will fund projects to seek out young people, and encourage those from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action.
The criteria for the grants will be:
- Ability to demonstrate effective ways to build relationships with ‘reluctant’ young people in their own community
- Ability to demonstrate how they will engage those young people in creative, innovative and meaningful social action
We would expect activity to cover two key areas – recruitment of and engagement with young people not taking part in youth social action, as well as developing youth social action activities.
The fund will offer grants of up to £150,000 over up to three years (with a maximum of £50,000 per year).
The application process will be will a one stage process and we will be open for proposals from 10th April to midday on 12th May 2017.
In the proposal form we will request a short (max three mins) film on the project. Young people will be helping select organisations, and the film will be a central part of that process. Shortlisted organisations will be informed by mid-May, and assessed in June/July. We also expect that young people will conduct interviews on youth leadership during the assessment process. Final decisions will be made by late September 2017.
Please check back on our grants section from 10th April 2017 for more details and to apply for funding.