iWill Programme

This fund (formerly known as Youth Social Action) has been developed to help increase youth volunteering and social action from 40% to 60% by the year 2020 and is being delivered by community foundations across England.

The money for this fund has been provided by Step up to Serve, The Big Lottery and the Government Office for Civil Society and this investment will be matched by Community Foundations.

iWill Programme

Local groups can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 for youth social action projects which last up to a year (they can be one-off events). The definition of young people is between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people.

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.

This fund aims to develop social action opportunities rather than fund the provision of existing youth work. We are looking to fund opportunities that will support young people to develop their character, skills and knowledge, whilst also making a positive difference in their communities. Skills development projects, which help young people be ‘social action-ready’ are also eligible.

Applications should demonstrate how they will apply all six principles of youth social action: reflective, challenging, youth-led, socially impactful, progressive, embedded.

How to Apply?

We strongly advise you to read the Full Fund Criteria  and our Grant Making Policy  before you apply.

In order for us to follow our decision-making process, the information given in your application will be shared with our independent panel members and/or donors as appropriate. Panel members are subject to a confidentiality agreement. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information on data sharing and storage.

When to apply?

The fund is now CLOSED for applications.

To apply, please click here.  

Dorset Community Foundation would like to thank The Longleigh Foundation who generously match funded the first round of this grants programme with a donation of £25,000.


If you are unsure about any of the above criteria or have any other queries, please contact our Grants Manager Ellie Maguire on 01202 670815 or at grants@dorsetcf.org.

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