Youth Social Action Fund

The Youth Social Action Fund is managed by Northamptonshire Community Foundation on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Big Lottery Fund. Local fundraising is also a key part of the Youth Social Action Programme.
 
Northamptonshire Community Foundation would like to say a big thank you to The Wilson Foundation who have generously match funded this grants programme with a donation of £30,000.
 
The Youth Social Action Fund will offer grants between £1000 and £5000 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:
 
Reflective
Challenging
Youth-led
Socially impactful
Progressive
Embedded

More details about the principles can be found on the #iwillwebsite.
Please call Rachel on 01604 230033 if you need to discuss the principles.
 
Example projects may include:
 

  • 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
 
Am I eligible to apply?
  • Your group must be a locally managed voluntary or community group, registered charity and other charitable organisations including Social Enterprises and CICs
  • 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
  • Unable to fund activities promoting party political activity
  • Unable to fund capital costs / equipment. (Purchase of refreshments for volunteers is okay).
  • Unable to fund Individual sponsorship
  • 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

Next closing date: Friday 5 January 2018

Please note due to the office being closed over the Christmas period, the last date for reviewing draft applications will be Friday 15 December.

Apply Now 

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.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation can provide advice and guidance during the application process aswell as viewing draft applications prior to submission. Email Rachel McGrath for more information or call the grants team on 01604 230033.


Please note that there are two remaining closing dates, after which the programme will be closed. We strongly urge you to get your application in for the deadline. 

Key Dates
•    Friday 1 September at 5pm:  Final closing date
•    Friday 29 June 2018: Grantees to complete and return monitoring information

 

Project Type: Youth

Grant Location:  Northamptonshire (county-wide)

Grant Amount: Up to £5,000

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