Funding is available for organisations in the UK to increase social action among young people from less affluent backgrounds across the UK.
Comic Relief and the #iwill campaign have joined together to create this one-off £2.4 million fund which supports the UK-wide campaign to get six out of ten young people involved in social action by 2020.
Co-produced with young people, and championing peer to peer engagement and the importance of trust building, this initiative will fund projects to seek out young people, and encourage those from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action.
Of the total amount available (£2.4 million), £400,000 is available for grants in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is expected that between 15 and 30 grants in total will be awarded.
Grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 per year for up to three years (with a maximum of £150,000 in total) are available.
Organisations based in the UK can apply as long as they have a strong track record of working with young people in areas of deprivation and poverty and have engaged with the types of young people that would benefit from this work and have demonstrable knowledge and experience of the communities they will be working with. There is no restriction on the annual income of the organisation or partnership applying for a grant.
The funding is for projects that meet the following criteria:
- 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.
Activity funded under this programme will need to reflect the Step up To Serve Six Shared Principles of quality social action: challenging, youth-led, socially impactful, progressive, embedded, and reflective.
Youth social action can include any activities around campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which can create a double benefit for communities and the young person themselves.
Priority will be given to projects that will work with young people in areas of high need and deprivation, and where there are minimal services or activities available for young people. It is expected that applicants demonstrate the need of the young people they will work with, based on indices of deprivation, unemployment and other measures as they see fit.
Projects should demonstrate they understand and have a track record of successfully engaging with ‘reluctant’ young people (typically coming from lower socio-economic circumstances, are generally unaffiliated with faith groups and more likely to be boys) through a range of activities.
The deadline for applications is 12 May 2017 (midday).