#iwill Fund Is Open for Applications

The Co-Op Foundation is looking for nine new partners in England, to help tackle youth loneliness through social action.

Last year, the Co-Op Foundation launched the £2 million #iwill Fund. In the first round, £340,000 of the fund was awarded to 10 projects, which have joined the UK-wide Belong network of partners committed to understanding and addressing youth loneliness.

This year, the aim is to award another nine grants from the fund – one in each region of England. Successful applicants will receive up to £70,000 over two years, for projects that:

  • Create high-quality youth social action opportunities, which can be sustainably embedded into local provision
  • Overcome barriers to young people talking about loneliness, and help them to develop effective forms of mutual peer support

The Co-Op Foundation is particularly looking for projects that will work with young people to respond to the findings of the new report, ‘All our emotions are important – breaking the silence about youth loneliness’. The research explores young people’s experiences of loneliness, and the barriers they face to talking about this issue.

All #iwill Fund grants are targeted at more disadvantaged areas. For this round, 32 eligible areas have been identified, using indices of deprivation as well as other factors like the number of existing youth social action opportunities locally.

Read more and apply.

Deadline for applications: Friday 22 June 2018

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