What is youth social action?

Young people taking practical action in the service of others in order to create positive social change that is of benefit to the wider community as well as to the young person themselves. – The Young Foundation

What is the #iwillFund?

#iwill is a UK-wide campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020. Through collaboration and partnership it is spreading the word about the benefits of youth social action.


This fund is only available in Gloucestershire.


The programme aims to increase overall participation of young people in meaningful social action from 40% to 60% by 2020, with a particular focus on deprived areas. Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering and has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, and in turn benefit the local people and places. Step Up To Serve, Big Lottery Fund and the Government Office for Civil Society have invested £2 million this year to fund groups delivering youth social action opportunities. Community Foundations will match this investment.

The #iwillFund looks to support activities that create opportunities for young people aged 10-20 to develop their character and their capacity to significantly contribute to their community.

This fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations including Social Enterprises and CICs.

More details about the principles can be found on the #iwill website . It is important to read these before applying.

For further support please read the Fund Criteria and Guidance for Applicants document, prior to completing an application form.

Applications are via the Heart of England Community Foundation who are managing the programme.  Please apply here.

The deadline for applications is 19th October 2020