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27Jan

Funding to Help Young People in Transition to Secondary School

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The overall focus of the #iwill Fund is supporting social action that draws on young people’s own lived experience in order to:

  • Connect young people to social action opportunities that lead to genuine community impact.

  • Empower them through the difference this makes for themselves and their peers.

This round focuses on peer-to-peer support to improve children’s wellbeing during the period in which they move from primary to secondary school. This might typically begin any time during School Years 5 or 6 and continue into Years 7 to 8.

It is expected that eight grants of up to £35,000 each will be awarded in this round. Successful applicants may also be able to apply for continuation funding after one year.

The funding can be used for any costs related to carrying out the project.

Applications will be accepted from Multi-Academy Trusts, schools, charities, social enterprises, or other constituted voluntary or community organisations with a UK bank account in the organisation’s name and at least two unconnected people on the board or management committee

Applications are welcomed from organisations working in partnership, including approaches which involve both voluntary and public sectors such as a collaboration between a school and community organisation.

A further round which focuses on peer-to-peer support for young people who have experienced bereavement is due to launch in February.

The deadline for applications is 12pm (midday) on Monday 24 February.

Eligible Expenditure

This funding round (January 2020) is intended for organisations based in England that empower young people to lead youth social action projects that will help each other through their school transition and improve wellbeing.

The funding can be used for any costs related to carrying out the project, including but not limited to:

  • Salaries of staff involved in delivering or supporting the project.

  • Costs of project activities.

  • Proportionate contributions to organisational running costs required to support the delivery of the project.

  • Costs for learning and evaluation activities.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 12pm (midday) on Monday 24 February.

The guidance notes and application form are available from the Co-op Foundation website.


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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Co-op Foundation
    9th Floor
    1 Angel Square
    Manchester
    M60 0AG

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