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Comic Relief #iwill youth social action fund seeks applications

Comic Relief #iwill youth social action fund seeks applications

’s #iwill fund is open for applications until 12th May for projects encouraging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action.

Comic Relief has partnered with the #iwill campaign to create a £2.4 million fund to target young people from less affluent backgrounds. The campaign aims to get six out of ten young people involved in social action by 2020, and the #iwill fund is offering grants for up to 30 projects of between £20,000 to £50,000 per year for up to three years, with a maximum of £150,000 in total. Comic Relief is keen to fund projects that will work with young people in areas of high need and deprivation, and where there are minimal services or activities available for young people.

The criteria for the grants will be:

  • Ability to demonstrate effective ways to build relationships with ‘reluctant’ young people in their own community
  • Ability to demonstrate how they will engage those young people in creative, innovative and meaningful social action

Activity funded under this programme will need to reflect the Step Up To Serve Six Shared Principles of quality social action:

  • challenging
  • youth-led
  • socially impactful
  • progressive
  • embedded
  • reflective

More information on application criteria and eligibility are available on the Comic Relief site.


Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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