These values below are the #iwill Fund and Funder match funding values:
Pears Foundation have used £10 million to support activity within education, health, social care and environment. They have identified a number of NHS Trusts, which will receive initial grants to develop youth volunteering programmes, as part of NHS70. They are also soliciting grants from Colleges through a partnership with the Association of Colleges, which has identified 8 colleges to start the partnership. In addition they have supported Scouts & Guides who will join forces to open units in new and existing areas to tackle waiting lists and extend reach to deprived communities. The environmental section is working with the Woodland Trust to develop a Young People’s Forest in Derbyshire, which used to be a former open cast mine. This will see some 260,000 trees planted, with young people playing an integral part of the design, maintenance and activity generated on the site for decades to come.
Comic Relief have committed their £2 million grants programme. Working in co-production with young people to develop opportunities for young people from areas and backgrounds currently least likely to participate. They have awarded 13 grants to organisations across England, as well as committing additional investment to support youth social action across the UK.
UK Community Foundations are using £13.5 million to give small grants for local social action opportunities through their network of 43 Community Foundations across England. By December 2018 they had made more than 900 grants across the country. In 2019, local Community Foundations will continue to award grants of up to £10,000 to local organisations to deliver small-scale youth social action projects in their area. For more information please contact your local Community Foundation. Details of your nearest Community Foundation can be found here: https://www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/our-network
Virgin Money Foundation took a place-based approach to enabling young people across the North East to get involved in social action through their “#iwill take action” fund (which has now closed). They have awarded five strategic grants totaling £743,000, to organisations including Middleborough FC Foundation, The Key, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Youth Focus North East and Groundwork North East and Cumbria. They also had a small grants programme that closed at the end of 2018.
Sport England closed their grants £3 million Potentials Fund round in April 2017. They are targeting young people through the power of sport to engage young people who have expressed an interest in social action but are yet to make it a habit. They have awarded grants to 16 successful organisations
Spirit of 2012 closed their £2 million grants round in October 2017. They are working to enable girls and young women to change their communities through social action for the benefit of other girls and the wider community. EmpowHER was delivered by UK Youth, in partnership with the British Red Cross and Young Women’s Trust. Its aim was to help young women and girls lead change in their communities, increase their self-esteem and build wellbeing by providing inclusive and meaningful social action opportunities.
Coop Foundation launched their partnership of £2.2 million in May 2017 and are working across the country to address isolation in young people through social action. Through this they have awarded 16 grants They released their report into youth loneliness in the Spring of 2018.
Further funding of £3.3 million was made available in June 2019 to expand provision via a three-strand approach, and a participant pathway through each which is based on three forms of ‘lived experience’ social action. This provides a closer to home view of youth social action, using the ‘My World, Our World, The World model’. This approach puts young people at the very heart of activity and connects them authentically to causes they can address.
The three strands that programme activity will be delivered under are:
- Community spaces
- Schools – Primary to Secondary transition
- Bereavement support for young people.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, This £3 million partnership, using their investment from their Diamond Jubilee fundraising, aims to reach an extra 20,000 young people by 2021. The DofE will work with established DofE centres in schools, clubs and other organisations across the UK to ensure the funding supports more disadvantaged young people in their DofE journey. Beneficiaries include Paignton Community & Sport Academy
Young Manchester, This £4 million programme launched on the 30 November 2017 and has now closed to new applications. It led a place-based approach, with the aim of making youth social action business-as-usual for organisations across Manchester by 2020. Young Manchester continues to use strengths and place-based approaches, delivered through a network it created of VCS organisations, businesses, schools, universities, health bodies and housing providers etc. All these partner organisations are committed to embedding social action into the lives of young people.
Team London, the volunteering part of the Greater London Authority, have created a £1.7 million ‘Young London Inspired’ programme. They are delivering much of their programme through both primary and secondary schools, reaching young people who aren’t currently participating in social action. As well as mainstream education, they will also be testing approaches into PRU & SEND schools.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation & Esmée Fairbairn Foundation’s £3.6 million partnership will see both organisations work in partnership to create and deliver the ‘Act for Change’programme. The fund will provide resources for young people to challenge social injustice, find ways of overcoming inequality and give voice to issues they are experiencing. They have completed their first grant round and have also released additional investment in Spring 2019. Grants will build on existing work, with the aim to support organisations to build on what they do, develop quality and sustainability and embed practice.
Clarion Futures (working alongside Housing Association Youth Network) are jointly investing with the #iwill Fund £1.6 million into developing their existing model of community ambassador programmes for social housing residents (aged 11-19) to be expanded across the country. To deliver the programmes on the ground, other housing associations and non-profit youth organisations will have the opportunity to apply for a £10,000 start-up grant. This sits alongside the work of Peabody Housing who will deliver Young Leader programmes in London, which will support 720 people to design and deliver events, workshops and activities which will benefit 1,600 of their peers and the wider community.
Ormiston Trust are working through Ormiston Academies Trust to develop a model which will make social action a central part of a young person’s journey through school, using their network of 34 academy schools as well as the multiplier effect of engaging feeder and local partner schools. Their proposal is made up of five elements has been put together with the aim of embedding high quality youth social action in the academy network. Their aspiration is that ever Ormiston student (27,000) will have a fresh experience of youth social action.
The Premier League Charitable Fund is the charitable arm of the Premier League. Later they year will be launching a £3 million fund working with Club Community Organisations to deliver Premier League community programmes using sport and football as a way of engaging hard to reach young people. As part of the skills development aspects of these programmes, opportunities will be provided to engage young people in social action. This incorporates a primary school programme, a skills development programme for young people with risk factors at key transitional points and a sports outreach programme which is delivered in community settings.’
Children in Need This £1.17million fund will be delivered over three years. It compromises three distinct but connected strands of work that will promote and enable youth social action, all of which will be led by young people. The three stands are:
- A funding pot to support young people who face disadvantage or barriers to inclusion to take part in social action projects
- An initiative to embed youth social action into schools, using BBC Children in Need’s unique position and reach into the sector
- A youth leadership programme that will provide young people with the skills and meaningful opportunities to lead but will also provide learning for the sector about best practice in this area.
Ernest Cook Trust This £3 million Green Influencers Scheme is a three year programme which aims to assist young people to create deep, lasting and meaningful connections with the natural environment and to embed a culture where youth social action becomes the norm. Over the three years they estimate that 5,400 young people will benefit as green influencers, with a further 15,000+ being involved in youth social action in the green action project teams.
Dunhill Medical Trust This £1 million partnership will support My Home Life (MHL) in collaboration with The Linking Network to deliver a three-year programme of work. This funding will expand the reach of the Care Home Friends and Neighbours (CHFaNs) initiative; with a view to transforming the lives of young people, particularly those from more disadvantaged backgrounds through volunteering with older people in care homes across England. CHFaNs seeks to inspire, guide and make it easier for young people in primary schools, clubs and community organisations to connect with residents, relatives and staff in care homes. MHL will help young people kick-start the habit of community volunteering and other forms of social action early in life, developing skills for the future and supporting them to feel part of a national effort to connect generations for mutual benefit.
In addition, the #iwill Fund has also made a number of direct grants:
Mumsnet received a £66,000 investment to support research into the attitudes of parents to youth social action, with initial findings This found that 9 in 10 believe it’s important for their child to get involved in activities that help others or the environment, while more than 8 out of 10 agree that voluntary activities should be part of their child’s education. Ongoing activity and sponsored discussions are happening as part of this grant to understand more about parent’s motivations and how to encourage more parental support.
One Million Mentors received investment of £30,000 to support a pilot to test the potential of the business community in the West Midlands to promote and support young people to take part in youth social action via mentoring. Investment was used to recruit and train mentors, update an online platform to include and track youth social action, create training and communications materials for mentors to showcase the value of youth social action, and how to signpost young people to opportunities. Materials will be available online, with case studies and content widely available to support others who engage young people.
WE, with support from Rumi Foundation, the original award is to expand their WE programme with £3 million to scale across England, trying out new technology to reach more primary & secondary schools. This programme will create open access provision for the WE programme in schools across the country and would give us considerable opportunity to influence their programme to really embed the journey of youth social action into their programme.
In December 2018 WE were awarded additional funding to develop their model further by working with 200 schools in the Birmingham and West Midlands areas. The shift to a place based, localised way of working has an eye on sustainability. The whole school approach to delivery will work to embed social action in the lives of students, and across entire schools and communities. The aim is to create communities that buys into and will eventually self-sustain the embedment of social action in their local areas.
At the 2019 WE Day event, three young people from the #iwill Fund Leadership Board explained what the #iwill Fund is about. See their segment and hear from young people participating in youth social action
Careers & Enterprise Company matched an investment of £45,000 from the #iwill Fund to develop resources and training materials to support Careers & Enterprise Advisors within schools understand the role social action plays in career development and to then support the embedding of this work into schools.
Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade, are jointly investing £1.8 million into this three year project, where JLGB plan to expand and develop their existing Evolve programme in order to build a self-sustaining, community-wide, collective impact project that supports young people who face intrinsic barriers to participation. This work will be underpinned by an online platform that provides training, social action opportunities, awards, and qualifications in a trusted and culture sensitive way.
Global Action Plan, the project will involve collaboratively designing a teacher community and support programme called Transform Our World, (TOW) providing classroom and online support to more teachers and students in disadvantaged areas. They will work with partners to extend accessibility of green social action opportunities, expand their award winning ‘Water Explorer’ portal to include online support and signpost a range of high quality green social projects on different topics. It will then expand to include general volunteering topics. The project is based on the delivery of the Water explorer programme, which sets students challenges to investigate global and local water issues before designing a way to engage their whole school in water saving efforts.
Liverpool Football Club Foundation have launched a £1 million partnership. Over a three-year period, the LFC Foundation will work with 24 Liverpool schools in areas of high deprivation to deliver 348 different social impact projects; all of which will develop the skills and knowledge of those taking part and will benefit wider society as the projects will be developed with their local community in mind.