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  • Pears Foundation are supporting activity within education, health and social care as well as scaling and supporting successful models to grow or sustain youth social action. They have identified a number of NHS Trusts, which will receive initial grants to develop youth volunteering programmes, as part of NHS70. They are also soliciting grants from Colleges through a partnership with the AoC. More information here:
  • UK Community Foundations have been giving small grants for local social action opportunities through their network of 43 Community Foundations across England. By September they had made 340 grants across the country. You can find your local Community Foundation here:
  • Comic Relief have now completed their £2million grants programme. Working in co-production with young people to develop opportunities for young people from areas and backgrounds currently least likely to participate. They have awarded 13 grants to organisations across England, as well as committing additional investment to support youth social action across the UK.
  • Sport England closed their grants round in April 2017. They are targeting young people through the power of sport to engage young people who have expressed an interest in social action but are yet to commit through their £3million Potentials Fund. They have awarded 16 grants to organisations. You can see the successful grantees online.
  • Spirit of 2012 closed their grants round in October 2017. They are working to enable girls and young women to change their communities through social action for the benefit of other girls and the wider community. Take a look at their recent announcement:
  • Coop Foundation launched their partnership in May 2017 and are working across the country to address isolation in young people through social action. They have awarded nine grants for year one, with a further round of grants recently opened: – deadline is June 22nd!
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award announced their £3m partnership, using their investment from their Diamond Jubilee fundraising, to reach an extra 20,000 young people by 2021. The DofE will work with established DofE centres in schools, clubs and other organisations across the UK to ensure the funding supports more disadvantaged young people in their DofE journey.
  • Virgin Money Foundation have a fund to enable young people across the North East to get involved in social action through their “#iwill take action” fund. More information on the first wave of grant recipients, and how to apply can be found on their website. The Fund is open for one year grants until Dec 2018, but has closed for two year grants from the 31st Jan 2018. They have awarded five strategic grants totalling £743,000, details can be found online.
  • Young Manchester are leading a place based approach in Manchester, with the aim of the programme to make youth social action business-as-usual for organisations across Manchester, by 2020. Young Manchester will use strengths and place-based approaches to create a network of VCS organisations, businesses, schools, universities, health bodies, housing providers etc., which are committed to embedding social action into the lives of young people. The programme was launched on the 30th November 2017. Read their latest update:
  • Team London, the volunteering part of the Greater London Authority, have created a £1.7m ‘Young London Inspired’ programme. They are developing a focused pathway for all young people between the ages of 10 and 20 in Greater London, to actively engage in social action in various aspects of their lives, and be rewarded and recognised for it.