#iwill Fund

********** GRANTS NEWS December 2019 **********

We’re excited to let you know that in the new year DCF will be reviewing the way it deals with grants. We’ve listened to our applicants and as a result we’re aiming to make the whole process simpler, give decisions faster and put more focus on funding core costs.

In order for our busy Grants Team to get all this done they will be taking a break from normal grant making until a brand new procedure launches in the autumn of 2020 in line with our new and improved website.

We are now closed for new applications.

For applicants who are invited to complete Stage 2 of our application process, we will require these to be completed by Thursday 30th January 2020. Applications received by this date will be processed as usual, and be submitted to our grants panel for a decision on funding during February 2020.

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What is #iwill?

#iwill is a UK-wide campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many young people as possible by the year 2020.


“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

Social Action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable young people to make a positive difference in their communities as well as develop their own skills and knowledge.

Read more about youth social action here

What is the #iwillFund?

The #iwillFund is an England wide joint investment that brings together £40 million in funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the National Lottery Community Fund.

It launched in 2016 to support the #iwill campaign’s goals in England, aiming to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020.

Who is it distributed by?

The #iwillFund distributes this investment by working with funders, including UKCF, the network of Community Foundations in the UK to which we, Devon Community Foundation, belong.

As a Community Foundation we have an in-depth understanding of the local area, what the priority needs are and how best to address these issues, so can ensure the funding goes where it is most needed and can make the most impact.

Collectively Community Foundations are the largest partner in the #iwillFund and will support more projects across the country than any other match funder.

What is match funding?

As a match funder we are required to match every £1 the fund gives us with an equal £1 from our own fundraising.

....So, the more money we are able to raise, the more we are able to claim from the #iwillFund, and the more we are able to distribute to our local organisations doing great work that support the ethos of the #iwill campaign!

How can I donate?

To find out more about donating to the #iwillFund please contact our Philanthropy team on 01884 235887 or email scott@devoncf.com 

What types of projects have you previously funded?

Read about North Devon based young carers organisation Bright Futures that involve young people in volunteering, campaigning and fundraising activities.

Read about Torbay's Ocean Youth who connect, engage & inspire young people through radio and music production.

Who can apply?

The fund is open to registered charities, community groups and other charitable organisations that involve young people in volunteering, campaigning and fundraising activities.

How much can I apply for?

We have grants available for up to £5,000.

When can I apply?

Sorry, the application window for #iwill is currently closed. 

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Any questions?

UKCF, the network of Community Foundations to which we belong have published this document for groups working with young people under a range of different project themes, and the key principles each should consider when seeking funding. Read it here: #iwill Key Funding Principles (UKCF)

They have also issued this guide with advice for applicants. #iwill Good Practice for Applicants Sept 2019

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Grants Team on 01884 235887 or by email grants@devoncf.com