Community Foundation for Calderdale is proud to be distributing the latest round of iwill funding in Calderdale made possible thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund and DCMS.

Following the successful delivery of the first two phases of the iwill Fund, Community Foundation for Calderdale is pleased to announce a third round of funding which will prioritise inspiring 10–14-year-olds to get involved in social action in Calderdale. Community Foundation for Calderdale will use match funding to double the resources available leading to total funding of more than £1.4m for the programme.

The iwill movement brings together cross-sector organisations and young people who believe that all children and young people should have the chance to make a positive difference on the issues that affect their lives, their communities, and broader society. The iwill Fund supports this movement and is made possible thanks to £66 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The iwill Fund helps create opportunities for young people to get involved in social action by developing their skills and potential, and their communities where they gain the confidence to make a positive contribution.

We, along with fifteen other community foundations from the UKCF network, will award grants of up to £10,000 to groups for projects lasting up to a year. We aim to fund both new and well-established groups, and to encourage young people who are new to social action, focusing particularly on the 10-14 age range.

Examples of projects funded in earlier funding rounds include intergenerational volunteering programmes, environmental initiatives and involving young people in the design and delivery of community activities.
Rosemary Macdonald, CEO of UK Community Foundations commented,

“Young people are the future of our communities. By encouraging 10–14-year-olds to get involved in social action and see the benefits for themselves and their communities, we are creating strong foundations for the future.”
Steve Duncan, CEO of CFFC added,

“We are keen to hear from groups who would like between £1,000 and £10,000 to enable young people to take action, learn new skills and develop their confidence, but more importantly, give young people the platform to get their voice heard.”

Community Foundation for Calderdale launched the iwill Fund on Monday 3rd October.