The #iwill Fund is an England wide joint investment that brings together £40 million in funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and The National Lottery Community Fund to create a central investment pot. It was launched in November 2016, to support the #iwill campaign’s goals in England, aiming to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020.
The #iwill Fund distributes its investment through working with other funders. A collaborative group of funders are joining the #iwill Fund by match funding the investment on at least a £1:£1 ratio and developing funding programmes that will enable more young people, particularly from less affluent communities, to take part in high quality social action that builds a habit for life. The four investment drivers that underpin our investment are:
- Creating high quality opportunities that connect young people authentically to causes they can address
- Engaging the younger age group to build a habit, with a focus on primary age
- A continued focus on reaching young people from less socio-economically affluent communities
- Prioritise sustainable solutions that can be scaled cost effectively by embedding social action opportunities where young people already are and connecting young people to solving key challenges across society
If you’re a funder and interested in knowing more about how you could collaborate with the #iwill Fund please get in touch with Fiona Ellison, #iwill Fund Development Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are looking for funding for direct delivery, rather than investing as a match funder, you will need to apply directly to one of the #iwill Fund match funders. Each match funder will have different approaches to fund funding. There aren’t any match funders currently with funding open, but we expect to have funding open in Spring 2019. To stay up-to-date sign up for the #iwill campaign newsletter. You can also see the latest news by following #iwillFund on twitter