Co-op Foundation launches grant scheme to help young people through bereavement (application deadline 3 April 2020)

The Co-op Foundation has partnered with Co-op Funeralcare to deliver £50,000 of funding for youth bereavement projects.

Organisations across the UK can now apply for grants of up to £10,000 for projects that help young people support each other during bereavement.

Grants are available through the Co-op Foundation’s #iwill Fund.

The Foundation expects to make about 5 grants in total and organisations have until midday (12 noon) on Friday 3 April to apply.

Successful applicants should use funding for social action projects that equip young people with the skills they need to provide peer support. Grants could also help young people to use their experiences as a way to speak up and recommend how local services can help other bereaved young people.

Co-op Funeralcare’s involvement is in direct response to findings from its ‘biggest ever survey’, which surveyed over 30,000 people to understand the nation’s experiences and attitudes towards death, dying and bereavement.

It found that 16 to 29-year-olds are the age group most likely to bottle up grief, with just under a quarter (24%) saying they ‘kept it to themselves’ when suffering a bereavement. Young people were also most likely to be left out of social arrangements because of bereavement.

The Co-op Foundation’s #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign that wants to make social action a part of life for as many 10 to 20-year-olds as possible.

Further information is available on the #iwill website.