Launch of new #iwill Fund

Herefordshire Community Foundation are excited to write with details of a new fund which is designed to support local, youth projects which are focused on social action.

The #iwill Fund will support projects which help young people aged 10 to 20 (up to 25 for those with a disability) to address issues which are important to them. Please note, that the programme has a particular focus on the 10 to 14 age range.

The aim is to help children and young people to make a positive difference in their communities through social action such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering. At the same time, they will build their personal skills, confidence and wellbeing.

A total of £67,446 is available and applicants can apply for up to £10k for projects lasting up to a year.

Herefordshire Community Foundation welcome applications from both new and well-established groups and are keen to encourage young people who are new to social action. The types of organisations which can apply include Charities, Community Interest Companies, Parent Teacher Associations and children’s clubs e.g. wildlife groups, sports clubs, Scouts Association and Girlguiding etc.

Successful projects will be led, owned and shaped by young people’s needs, ideas and decision-making; have a clear benefit to a community, cause or social problem; and be accessible to all.

The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to £66 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities. The Herefordshire Community Foundation is acting as a match funder and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.

Applications are now open via their website and will close on 4 November 2022. As always, their team is on hand if you have any queries.

Apply here:  www.herefordshirecf.org/youth-social-action-fund

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