Youth Genesis

#iwill Programme

The #iwill Programme aims to increase youth volunteering and social action by 50% by 2020 and is being delivered by community foundations across England. 

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

Projects (they don’t have to necessarily be led by a youth group) can deliver opportunities in a range of contexts and settings: for example online, extracurricular, in clubs and groups, informally, or as part of structured programmes. Groups should engage young people in ongoing regular volunteering OR demonstrate how another youth-led method will be as effective at engaging young people in social action (for example regular ongoing volunteering may not be achievable for the young people you engage).

Core costs are eligible if the other criteria are met, including how the project meets the principles of great youth social action. Groups must demonstrate that their programme can meet the following quality principles of great youth social action: reflective, challenging, youth-led, socially impactful, progressive, embedded.

How to apply

The fund is currently closed for applications.

Read about Exwick Youth Council who received funding from the #iwill Programme. 


The money for this fund has been provided by The Big Lottery and the Government Office for Civil Society.