We are currently reviewing round two of the Youth Social Action Fund and will be reopening on 7th August. In round three we will have around £42,000 to be spend and to make approximately eight grants (depending on the size of the request). It is important to read the full fund criteria before applying. To read the full fund criteria and guidance click HERE. Below are some important points taken from the full fund criteria.

What is the Youth Social Action Fund?

“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” – Youth Foundation

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. By 2020 the programme aims to increase youth social action by 50% taking the percentage of young people that volunteer from 40% to 60%.

Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities. Social action develops the skills and knowledge of young people (aged between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people) that employers look for.

How much can groups bid for?

The Youth Social Action Fund will provide funding of between £1,000 and £5,000 for each project.

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

  • The funding is for community groups working in England however if you are applying to Cheshire Community Foundation the project must be delivered in the Cheshire or Warrington area.
  • This fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations including Social Enterprise and CICs.
  • National organisations with local branches (with their own management committee and bank account) can apply.
  • New groups that fulfil all the other criteria are welcome to apply.
  • Projects do not have to be led by a youth group.
  • Applications should be for a project that lasts up to one year however projects do not have to last the full year.
  • Repeat funding is a possibility
  • Core costs are eligible if the other criteria are met, including how the project meets the principles of great youth social action.

To be eligible for a grant from the Youth Social Action Fund groups must demonstrate that their project can meet the following quality principles:

  • Reflective
  • Challenging
  • Youth-led
  • Socially impactful
  • Progressive
  • Embedded

More details are available on the #iwill website. It is important to read these before applying.

Youth social action cannot be used for:

  • Statutory services – statutory organisations cannot bid for the fund.
  • Activities promoting party political activity.
  • Capital costs/equipment (however the purchase of refreshments is okay).
  • Individual sponsorship.
  • Activities generating private profit.
  • Faith groups are welcome to apply but activities which evangelise or proselytise religious beliefs will not be eligible. Project that only work with one faith are also not eligible.

What documents we will ask for to process your application:

(If you do not have the required documents we will still consider your application but when you apply please upload a note explaining what you need support with.)

  • 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 if these are unavailable.
  • 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 names and addresses of your management committee. You need a minimum of three unrelated management committee members to be eligible for the grant.