Opportunities Funding #iwill fund Area: EnglandDeadline: various A £50 million investment as part of the #iwill campaign, coordinated by Step Up To Serve, has been launched to help increase the number of young people taking part in social action. The ‘#iwill Fund’ is made up of a £40 million joint commitment by the UK Government and Big Lottery Fund, boosted by Comic Relief; Pears Foundation; and UK Community Foundations. These match-funders will invest an additional £9.6 million to the #iwill Fund. The investment from this first group of match-funders will be targeted specifically to help reach a range of young people. Comic Relief will provide social action opportunities for young people in areas and backgrounds with below-average levels of participation; Pears Foundation will support activity within education, health and social care; and UK Community Foundations will distribute grants for local social action opportunities through their network of 43 Community Foundations in England. Step Up To Serve, the charity behind the #iwill campaign, was established in 2013 after government research into how public and private sectors could increase the number of young people engaging in social action was released. Currently, 4 in 10 young people regularly engage in social action – such as campaigning, fundraising, and volunteering. The #iwill campaign has been launched to increase this to at least 6 in 10 10-20 year olds taking part, by the year 2020. The fund will open for applications in early 2017. If you are thinking of applying, please speak to your local Community Foundation. For more information, please visit: http://www.iwill.org.uk/its-vital-to-give-young-people-the-chance-to-lead-positive-change-and-get-a-taste-for-social-action/ To find your local Community Foundation, click here. For any queries, please contact Amber Alferoff, Programmes Officer, in the first instance at AAlferoff@ukcommunityfoundations.org or 0207 841 4376; or contact Lily O Flynn, Programmes Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 841 4379.