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#iwill Take Action Fund

#iwill Take Action Fund

The Virgin Money Foundation is match funding £850,000 from Big Lottery Fund to create a £1.7million, three year #iwill Take Action Fund.

The #iwill Take Action Fund provides grants under three themes:

  • Our Physical Environment: We want to empower young people to make the communities they live in a better place.
  • Our Health: We want to encourage young people to tackle health issues that affect their community.
  • Our Culture: We want young people to use art and media as a tool to raise awareness of the issues that matter to them and their communities.

We are looking for projects working with young people aged 10 to 20 or up to 25 for disabled people. To be able to apply you must provide evidence that young people are involved in the planning and delivery of your project. Activities must include volunteering, campaigning or fundraising.

Applications will be assessed on how well they reflect the #iwill 6 principles of great social action. There is further information on the 6 principles here:

All applicants need to be working in communities within the top 20% deprived areas of the North East.

We particularly encourage applications for work that includes one of the following groups:

  • Young people living in the top 10% deprived areas of the North East
  • BAME youth
  • Young parents
  • Young offenders
  • Young homeless people
  • From July 2018 and for the remainder of the programme - young people with a disability up to the age of 25.

Applications can be from £10,000 to £60,000.

The main grants programme is open now and will close to applications in December 2018.

The #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign - to make involvement in social action a part of life for young people, by recognising the benefit for both young people and their communities. The National Lottery and Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill Fund. Virgin Money Foundation is acting as a match funder, creating a £1.7million programme, awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.

You can find out more about the #iwill campaign and the #iwill Fund here:, @iwill_campaign and

Please read the programme guidance before applying:

Guidance PDF

Apply here

Inspiring projects the Foundation is already working with through the #iwill Take Action Fund

 The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is delivering the Creating Change programme to embed social action in three Gateshead secondary schools, working with young people on projects exploring cultural identity, their voice and their rights and community identity.

 Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation

Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation

Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation works in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the region. Its #iwill Take Action award has a focus on health and well-being with young ambassadors supporting young people through a three stage social action journey.

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