We are happy to let you know that the Youth Social Action Fund is now open for applications. The fund is part of the #iwill campaign set up by Step up to Serve, seeing over £2 million invested by the Big Lottery and the Office for Civil Society towards raising the quality of youth social action.



Youth social action has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefitting local people and communities. The #iwill campaign’s aim is to increase youth social action by 50% by 2020 – taking the percentage of young people that volunteer from 40% to 60%.

Local organisations are a key part of this campaign, and we are offering grants of £1,000-£5,000 to community projects that will promote volunteering, fundraising and campaigning amongst young people aged between 10 and 20 (25 years for young people with disabilities).

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Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities. Social action develops the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for.


The fund is looking for projects that cover the 6 key principles of social action:

  • Challenging
  • Youth-led
  • Socially Impactful
  • Progressive
  • Embedded
  • Reflective

More details about the 6 principles can be found here.


Youth social action can be a huge benefit for both the young people taking part and to the wider community, offering a chance to inspire life-long habits and confidence.

If you’re a local organisation that has a great project in mind, be it helping young people to pass their IT skills onto local luncheon clubs or if you know some teenagers itching to hold a community festival, why not get in contact to see if the fund is for you? You can speak with a member of the Communities Team on 0161 214 0940, or email awards@forevermanchester.com.

More information on the fund’s criteria, deadlines and a link to the online application form can be found here.