Co-op Foundation Invites Applications to New #iwill Fund

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Published date: 
Monday, 3rd February 2020

Not-for-profit organisations in England can apply now for grants of up to £35,000 to help young people support each other and improve wellbeing on the move up to secondary school.

The overall focus of the #iwill Fund is supporting social action that draws on young people’s own lived experience in order to:

  • Connect young people to social action opportunities that lead to genuine community impact.
  • Empower them through the difference this makes for themselves and their peers.

This round focuses on peer-to-peer support to improve children’s wellbeing during the period in which they move from primary to secondary school. This might typically begin any time during School Years 5 or 6 and continue into Years 7 to 8.

It is expected that eight grants of up to £35,000 each, available for one year, will be awarded in this round. Successful applicants may also be able to apply for continuation funding after one year.

The funding can be used for any costs related to carrying out the project.

Multi-Academy Trusts, schools, charities, social enterprises, or other constituted voluntary or community organisations with a UK bank account in the organisation’s name and at least two unconnected people on the board or management committee can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be based in England, and plan to work in one of the 30% most deprived areas.
  • Have experience of working with young people in the transition from primary to secondary school, or of supporting high-quality youth social action, and have a realistic plan for a peer-to-peer support project focused on the transition from primary to secondary school.

Applications are welcomed from organisations working in partnership, including approaches which involve both voluntary and public sectors such as a collaboration between a school and community organisation.

A further round which focuses on peer-to-peer support for young people who have experienced bereavement is due to launch in February.

The deadline for applications is 24 February 2020 (12 noon).

Full details can be found on the Co-op Foundation website.