#iwill Fund


#iwill is a UK-wide campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020. Through collaboration and partnership it is spreading the word about the benefits of youth social action.


The programme aims to increase overall participation of young people in meaningful social action from 40% to 60% by 2020, with a particular focus on deprived areas.

Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering and has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, and in turn benefit the local people and places.

Step Up To Serve, Big Lottery Fund and the Government Office for Civil Society have invested £2million this year to fund groups delivering youth social action opportunities. Community Foundations will match this investment.

The #iwillFund looks to support activities that create opportunities for young people aged 10-20 to develop their character and their capacity to significantly contribute to their community.

A Definition of #iwill Fund (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

Youth Social Action includes volunteering, fundraising and campaigning, as well as skills and confidence-building projects which work with young people, particularly from less affluent backgrounds, to develop an appetite for this sort of activity


  • Grants are between £1,000 and £5,000.
  • Projects can be up to a year in duration.
  • Grants should deliver social action opportunities for young people age 10 to 20 years old, or 25 for disabled people.


  • This fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations including Social Enterprises and CICs in England.
  • National organisations with local branches (with their own management committee and bank account) can apply.
  • New organisations that can demonstrate they are financially robust can apply.


We will prioritise projects that:

  • Seek to increase participation from young people from less affluent social economic groups, hard to reach groups and people who might not usually take part in social action;
  • Are working with young people at the younger end of the spectrum (10-14 years old)
  • Build the appetite of young people to continue with social action; support habit forming behaviour; leave a legacy of behaviour/activity after the funding stops
  • Involve young people in planning, delivery and evaluation.
  • Give young people the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their character and confidence.
  • Give young people the platform to get their voice heard.

This fund aims to develop opportunities rather than fund the provision of existing youth work. We are looking to fund organisations that support young people to thrive and where the involvement of young people in social action will improve the outcomes of the organisation.

Skills development projects, which help young people be ‘social action-ready’ are as valuable as existing project delivery itself.


  • Staff costs – Budget for staffing, including full-time staff, part time staff and other related expenses
  • Development and capacity building costs – Budget to help build capacity and sustainability of organisation e.g. staff/volunteer training, external consultancy fees.
  • Volunteer costs – Budget for reimbursements of expenses, e.g. telephone calls, travel and meals.
  • Activity costs – Budget for resources to facilitate a project / activity that fall outside capital, volunteer or staffing costs, e.g. catering, insurance.


  • Statutory services
  • Activities promoting party political activity
  • Capital costs / large equipment costs – small scale equipment, such as tools are acceptable up to 10% of the requested grant
  • Individual sponsorship
  • Activities generating private profit

Faith groups are welcome to apply but activities which evangelise or proselytise religious beliefs will not be eligible. Projects that only work with one faith are also not eligible.


We will ask for the following documents to carry out due diligence on your organisation:

  • A copy of your governing document (e.g. constitution, memorandum & articles or set of rules).
  • A copy of your most recent annual accounts or management accounts.
  • A photocopy of a bank statement no more than 3 months old. The bank account must be in the name of the organisation applying.
  • Copies of your safeguarding and equal opportunities policies.
  • A list of the names and addresses of your Trustees or management committee. You will need a minimum of three unrelated Trustees / management committee members.

BEFORE beginning an application, please read the full fund criteria and guidance via the link below:
#iwill 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.

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: grants@sycf.org 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 tbc. 

#iwill 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 grants@sycf.org.uk and we will get back to you or call 0114 242 4294