Please note, we are no longer accepting applications for this fund.

The Community Foundation for Surrey is part of a national programme supporting youth projects around campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, enabling participants to make a positive difference to their communities.

The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill Fund. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Active Surrey and the Mohn Westlake Foundation are acting as match funders and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.

Here in Surrey we have £50,000 to award to projects!

The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to £40 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.

The #iwill Fund brings together a group of organisations who all contribute funding to embed meaningful social action into the lives of young people.


  • Grants are between £1,000 and £5,000
  • Projects can be up to a year in duration
  • Groups should deliver social action opportunities for young people age 10 -20 years old, or 25 for disabled people.

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

The #iwill Fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups, social enterprises and CICs in England. National organisations with local branches (with its own management committee and bank account) can apply. New organisations that can demonstrate they are financially robust can also apply.

Will groups that have previously received #iwill funding be eligible to apply again?

Yes – groups that have received funding can apply again, as long as they are not currently in receipt of an #iwill grant.

What can #iwill fund?

  • Staff costs – Budget for staffing, including full-time staff, part time staff and other related expenses
  • Development and capacity building costs – Budget to help build capacity and sustainability of organisation e.g. staff/volunteer training, external consultancy fees.
  • Volunteer costs – Budget for reimbursements of expenses, e.g. telephone calls, travel and meals.
  • Activity costs – Budget for resources to facilitate a project / activity that fall outside capital, volunteer or staffing costs, e.g. catering, insurance.
  • This fund aims to develop opportunities rather than fund the provision of existing youth work. We are looking to fund organisations that support young people to thrive and where the involvement of young people in social action will improve the outcomes of the organisation.
  • Skills development projects, which help young people be ‘social action-ready’ are as valuable as existing project delivery itself.

What #iwill can’t fund

  • Statutory services
  • Activities promoting party political activity
  • Capital costs / large equipment costs – small scale equipment, such as tools are acceptable up to 10% of the requested grant
  • Individual sponsorship
  • Activities generating private profit
  • Faith groups are welcome to apply but activities which evangelise or proselytise religious beliefs will not be eligible. Projects that only work with one faith are also not eligible.

Are there any special conditions?

Applicants must indicate how many young people they plan to work with over the course of the funded project and arrange for their young people to fill in a standard fund questionnaire available on Survey Monkey on completion of their funded project.

Further information and the full guidance notes will be updated soon – so please do check back!

Looking for inspiration? Surrey Youth Focus have provided some examples of Youth Social Action 2018 projects here.

Please note, we are no longer accepting applications for this fund.

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