The #iwill Fund was created through £40 million of seed funding from Government, and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. It supports the aims of the #iwill campaign, to embed meaningful social action into the lives of young people. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable young people to make a positive difference to their communities.
Oxfordshire Community Foundation is acting as a match-funder and awarding grants on behalf of the Fund (which is backed by the UK Government and the National Lottery) via The Good Exchange platform.
The #iwill Fund prioritises projects that embed skills in young people and the wider community as part of their delivery, and which clearly demonstrate principles of great youth social action. As part of the current round of funding, OCF has already awarded £5,000 to arts charity The Story Museum for their ‘Young Producers’ project, and will be making grants on a rolling basis until the #iwill funds are spent. Other groups should therefore consider making applications as soon as possible.