#iwill Fund makes a further £9 million available to support youth-led social action

An extra £9 million has been made available for the #iwill Fund to benefit youth-led social action programmes.

The #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign, which is coordinated by Step Up to Serve, and aims to make involvement in social action the norm for 10 to 20-year-olds across the UK. Since its 2016 launch over 500,000 young people are estimated to have undertaken social action opportunities as a result of the funding.

The #iwill Fund is jointly funded by the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Community Fund, and currently works in partnership with 25 funders, who match the investment.

Through the extra £9m made available, the #iwill Fund is expanding its ambition to work with additional funders interested in joining the partnership and developing their own youth social action programmes.

One existing match funder, Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) has recently used #iwill funding to launch a learning hub at Ormiston Herman Academy in Gorleston. Since then, pupils have been taking part in #iwill’s national campaign and working to improve their own wellbeing, as well as their peers and their local communities. Eight volunteers were selected to become Herman’s #iwill steering group, made up of pupils from Years 3-6.

Organisations interested in finding out more and applying to the fund are invited to contact jason.flynn@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk.

Helen Whyman, Head of #iwill at The National Lottery Community Fund, said:

At The National Lottery Community Fund, we are delighted to continue investing in the #iwill Fund, enabling them to increase the partnerships that we have built to embed youth social action across England. Through the partnerships within the #iwill Fund, we see young people taking the lead in their communities, helping them to thrive.”

Source: UK Fundraising