Co-op Foundation #IWill Fund – Applications open until 20 September 2019

Article date
16 August 2019
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Grants of up to £35,000 to help young people have a say in how community spaces are managed.

They expect to make up to eight grants, available for one year. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to re-apply for up to two years’ further funding, to build on their learning and focus on sustaining their impact.

‘Community spaces’ here means spaces which are (or could be) open to members
of the public. This might include places where young people interact with services and
institutions, places that young people struggle to access or use in the way that they would
like and/or where young people’s voices aren’t currently represented.

Young people engaged in your project should be aged between 10 and 20.

What can the grant be spent on?

Grants can be used to cover any costs related to carrying out this project, included but not limited to:
● Salaries of staff involved in delivering or supporting the project
● Costs of advocacy activities, including appropriate incentives and rewards for young
people to take part
● Proportionate contributions to organisational running costs required to support the
delivery of the project.

Application timeline
20 September – deadline to submit applications
4 October – shortlisted applicants notified
14 November – final grant decisions made
By end of November Grant offers issued to successful applications
How to apply:

Complete this online form

Detailed guidance available here

The Co-op will look for evidence that your organisation is well-run, including its governance,
strategy, financial management, and policies on safeguarding and diversity. If you need assistance with developing this, please contact

Further strands will launch later in 2019, focusing on:
● Social action which supports young people experiencing bereavement
● Social action which supports young people through the transition from primary to
secondary school.