the Community Foundation for the people of Kirklees.

The #iWill 2019 Fund

The #iwill Fund is managed by One Community Foundation on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the National Lottery Community Fund. Local fundraising is also a key part of the #iwill Programme.

Project Type: Youth  Grant Location: Kirklees wide  Grant Amount: Up to £5,000

The #iwill Fund is an England wide joint investment that brings together £40 million in funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and The National Lottery Community Fund, creating a central investment pot. The National Lottery Community Fund believes that when young people are leading social action, communities thrive

It will offer grants between £1,000 and £5,000 for projects and activities raising the level and quality of youth social action in an area. Activities must be for young people between the age of 10 and 20, and up to 25 years for disabled young people.
Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering and helping young people develop the skills and knowledge that employers looks for.
Groups must demonstrate that their programme can meet the following quality principles of great youth social action:




Current Thriving Kirklees Partners are not eligible to apply for these grants as they can make funding proposals directly to the partnership.

Thriving Kirklees is working on making sure we value the contribution of young people and families in improving their own and others health. 

Example projects may include:

Please ensure that young people shape and have diect input into the project.

  • A drop in where young people teach others new skills such as coding/bike maintenance/nail art
  • Bite-size events for young people to train an organisation's staff on the latest social media
  • Growing vegetables with a local allotment or food initiative and then selling them
  • Youth volunteering projects where young people support local residents needing help such as shopping, gardening and street cleaning.

Difference made

How this might be achieved

Some young people or families who experience disadvantage and/or poor health outcomes will have a positive experience of being involved.

Ensure activities are welcoming to, accessible to, interesting to and aim to respond to the needs of disadvantaged young people and families.  Encourage and support them to take part.

Young people will explore, research and listen to others views about health issues affecting their community and networks

Before you apply for a grant, bring young people together for an initial conversation about their community’s health issues.  What would be good to learn more about?  How might young people do this?

Improve young people’s skills and knowledge about physical and mental health

Whatever the project, help the young people involved to better understand health and what they can do about their own health or to support others health.

Young people to decide what they think could make a difference to their community and networks health and make a plan.

Get together and talk about health and poor health.  Identify the problem in your community and the change you want to see happen.  What will you do?

Enable young people to take practical action to do something which makes a difference.

The key is that young people decide what to do and then do it.   See suggestions below for practical action.


Your group must be a locally managed voluntary or community group, registered charity and other charitable organisations including Social Enterprises and CICsAm I eligible to apply?

  • Local branches of national organisations can apply but must have their own management committee and bank account
  • You must have safeguarding policies in place
  • Statutory organisations cannot bid for the fund
  • We are unable to fund activities promoting party political activity
  • We are unable to fund capital costs / equipment. (Purchase of refreshments for volunteers is fine).
  • We are unable to fund Individual sponsorship
  • We are unable to fund 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

Open to applications - closing date Friday 31 January, 2020

Please wait for at least 15 minutes & check your junk mail for the email containing the link

Please read the guidance notes and download the reference form and supporting documents checklist at the bottom of the page before applying.

One Community Foundation can provide advice and guidance during the application process as well as viewing draft applications prior to submission: email for more information or call the grants team on 01484 468397