Essex Community Foundation

Youth Social Action Fund

ECF is pleased to be working with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex (OPCC) to deliver the Youth Social Action Fund in Harlow.

Where has this Fund come from

The Government (Department of Culture, Media and Sport) and Big Lottery Fund have partnered – through the investment of £20 million seed funding each - for a new independent fund (‘the #iwill fund’) with Step Up to Serve (SUTS) that will support the creation of an additional 1.4 million youth social action opportunities through the #iwill campaign. Step Up To Serve is coordinating the #iwill campaign.

The aim of the campaign is to increase youth social action by 50% by 2020 taking the percentage of young people that volunteer from 40% to 60%.

ECF and the OPCC are working together as match-funders for this campaign which will award grants locally on behalf of the #iwill fund.

What will this Fund support

Grants of £1,000 - £5,000 are available from the Fund for projects in Harlow that have up to one year’s duration of working with young people aged 10 to 20 years old when the programme begins, or 25 for disabled young people.

The programme follows the quality principles of great youth social action:

For further information about the Fund and the types of projects and activities that can be supported, click here

How to apply

The Youth Social Action Fund has specific guidelines and a seperate application form which can be found here.