Youth Social Action Fund

Big Lottery Fund and Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill fund. [Pears Foundation / Comic Relief / UK Community Foundation] are acting as match funders and are awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill fund.

Youth social action has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefitting local people and places.

The aim of this grant is to raise the level and quality of youth social action. The programme aim is to increase youth social action by 50% by 2020 taking the percentage of young people that volunteer from 40% to 60%.

A Definition of 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.” – Young Foundation

How much can groups apply for?

  • the Youth Social Action Fund will provide funding of between £1000 and £5000 for each successful project

Which groups can bid?
What will Youth Social Action Fund?

BEFORE beginning an application, please read the full fund criteria and guidance via the link below:
YSA Fund Criteria & Guidance for Applicants

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

We will prioritise projects that:

  • seek to increase participation from young people from lower social economic groups and people who might not usually take part in social action, e.g. engage new volunteers
  • embed skills in young people / the wider community while delivering. For example, listening skills, maths and English, cooking, media and communications, evaluation and capturing success.
  • clearly demonstrate principles of great youth social action. For example: an enjoyable project that enhances young people’s social lives, provides the opportunity to meet new people, positively impacts the wider community and develops longer term connections between volunteers and the wider community.
  • have a plan to measure and report positive changes made.
  • demonstrate sustainability beyond the life of this grant.

A Note on Incentives:

Appropriate incentives for young people can be used if they will genuinely engage people who might not otherwise be engaged. Cash incentives cannot be used (although expenses incurred while volunteering can be paid in cash). Incentives should emphasise social activities when possible. For example, those that take part in youth social action would be in with a chance to win vouchers, time credits, tickets to a show, or a social dinner in a restaurant together.

How to apply:

To apply for an SYCF grant you will need to complete your online  Part A application form.

What you need to know:

  • the Online Part A application form is accessed via a url link which will be sent in your registration email
  • guidance on how to fill in the application form is available on the form in blue information symbols
  • you can receive advice on your online application from our grants team
  • you can save your application at any stage whilst completing the online form. We recommend that you save it in draft format at regular intervals
  • you will be able to attach electronic copies of your organisation’s documents that we require,
    • a copy of your last year’s / your most recent accounts
    • a photocopy of a bank statement no more than 3 months old which has been signed by 2 management committee members
    • Child Protection Policy
    • quotes (as appropriate) no more than 3 months old
    • any other material you consider relevant to your application (please do not send material you want returned e.g. leaflets, flyers, press cuttings)
  • once you have completed and submitted Part A online, you will receive a copy by email for your records and a copy will also be sent to us
  • any supporting documentation that you were unable to attach online to your form, eg any other material you consider relevant to your application (please do not send material you want to be returned e.g. leaflets, flyers, press cuttings) should be emailed or posted to the SYCF grants team

Email: or post to; The Grants Team, SYCF Ltd, Riverside Works, Unit 9-12 Jessop’s Riverside, 800 Brightside Lane, Sheffield S9 2R

Click on the link below to access the online application form:
Online application form

To be considered, please submit your application by midnight Monday 5th February 2018.

YSA Terms & Conditions for applicants

Decision making:

  • your application will be assessed against the criteria
  • we may arrange an assessment visit to your group
  • our panel of independent volunteer decision makers will make their decisions
  • the panel’s decision is final

If your application does not meet our criteria or is ineligible, we will contact you to let you know.

Payment and Monitoring of grants awarded:

If your grant is awarded, we will inform you by email and you will be asked to confirm your bank details for a BACS or cheque payment and sign to accept terms and conditions of the grant.  Once we have received this, the payment will be made and you will also receive a link to your end of grant monitoring form. We have to ensure that funding has been appropriately spent and therefore require monitoring information. You will be asked to report on the difference the grant has made to your group and beneficiaries. This must be completed six weeks after the grant has been spent or the activity has finished.

Your project may also be subject to a monitoring visit and any audit requirements of the programme. You must retain and return with your monitoring copies of all receipts, invoices and all expenditure relating to your grants including any capital items.

South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation will only consider further applications if a satisfactory monitoring form is returned for previous grants awarded.

For more information or to discuss your application please get in touch with the Grants Team via the contact information below.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about applying to this fund then please email and we will get back to you or call 0114 242 4294