Grants of up to £35,000 are available to community organisations in England for projects that empower young people (aged 10-20 years) to have a say in how community spaces that matter to them are managed. This scheme is the first of three themed funding strands being provided through a £3 million extension to the Co-op Foundation #iwill Fund.
The fund will run until 2022 and focus on supporting social action that draws on young people’s own lived experience with the aims of:
- Connecting young people to social action opportunities that lead to genuine community impact.
- Empowering young people through the difference this makes for themselves and their peers.
Under this first strand, eight grants are available to facilitate youth-led advocacy to improve the design and use of local community spaces. Projects should benefit young people (aged 10-20 years) in areas of deprivation and should have had input from young people themselves.
Grants can be used to cover any costs related to carrying out the project, including (but not limited to):
- Salaries of staff involved in delivering or supporting the project.
- Costs of advocacy activities, including appropriate incentives and rewards for young people to take part.
- Proportionate contributions to organisational running costs required to support the delivery of the project.
Applications are accepted from community organisations in England with experience of equipping young people with the skills they need to deliver meaningful advocacy-based social action.
Submit the application using this online form by midday on Friday 20 September 2019.