Young people volunteering during OCVA's MAD Week, funded by #iwill
#iwill programme

#iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable young people to make a positive difference in their communities as well as develop their own skills and knowledge.

Amounts available: £1,000–£5,000

Group annual income: No limit

Type of cost: Encouraging young people to volunteer, campaign or fundraise

Timescales: Applications should be for a project that lasts up to a year; projects can also be one-off events

Next closing date: This will be run via match-funding platform The Good Exchange until the funds are spent, or 30th October 2018

What we're looking for

The #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign – to make involvement in social action a part of life for young people, by recognising the benefit for both young people and their communities. For the purposes of this funding, the definition of young people is between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people.

We will prioritise projects that:

  • Seek to increase participation from young people from lower social economic groups and
    people who might not usually take part in social action, e.g. engage new volunteers.
  • Embed skills in young people / the wider community while delivering. For example,
    listening skills, maths and English, cooking, media and communications, evaluation and
    capturing success.
  • Clearly demonstrate principles of great youth social action. For example: an enjoyable
    project that enhances young people’s social lives, provides the opportunity to meet new
    people, positively impacts the wider community and develops longer term connections
    between volunteers and the wider community.
  • Have a plan to measure and report positive changes made.
  • Demonstrate sustainability beyond the life of this grant.
Match funding

The National Lottery and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill Fund. Oxfordshire Community Foundation is acting as a match funder and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.

Crucially, in order to draw down the full allocation for Oxfordshire, we need to raise £40,000 in new donations.  Each of the successful applications must therefore demonstrate they have an equal and available amount of funding as a match.

This match funding could come from:

Oxfordshire Community Foundation: We are proactively working with other donors and funders in Oxfordshire to raise this match, and will be circulating successful applications to them.

The Good Exchange: We are using our partner funding website The Good Exchange for this round, because it includes other funders who could provide a match by seeking out applications like yours on the platform. The Good Exchange will promote your application to compatible funders.

You (the applicant): Other grants for the same project, whether received before or after #iwill funding, could be used as a match. Applicants could also collect donations or run fundraising campaigns through The Good Exchange, which could contribute towards the match.

What to expect

The first thing you should do before applying is to download and read the #iwill criteria document, which outlines who can apply and any exclusions.

We are trialling a brand-new process for this grants round, with all applications being completed on and held by The Good Exchange, an online match-funding platform that OCF is partnering with. The link below will take you to the generic application page on The Good Exchange. In order to register and begin your application on The Good Exchange, you will need to collect together your group’s governance documents.

Our office-based grants team will find your application on The Good Exchange and assess it. Eligible applications will be forwarded to our grants panel, and successful applicants will be awarded the #iwill funding.

All successful grants will be paid within 30 days of achieving the required match funding (as above). Grants will not be awarded after 30th October 2018. Your project cannot commence before the award is made.

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Donnington Doorstep

Donnington Doorstep is an independent, community-based family centre delivering a range of universal and specialist services. Via their weekly drop-in ‘stay and play’ sessions, parenting courses and dedicated case workers, the centre engages informally with hard-to-reach families in a deprived area of Oxford.

Full Circle

Full Circle works with schools to set up intergenerational groups that bring together children and older volunteers. They bring older and younger people together on a weekly basis, with the aim of nurturing friendship and understanding between the generations.


Home-Start is a voluntary organisation that promotes the welfare of families with young children.