Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is proud to be distributing the latest round of #iwill funding across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, made possible thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) .

The #iwill Campaign is a UK-wide programme aiming to make youth social action a regular part of life for young people, particularly in deprived areas. The programme encourages the development of volunteering, fundraising, campaigning and leadership skills that will help to build confidence and improve skills for younger people while significantly benefiting local communities. Priority will be given to projects supporting 10–14-year-olds to get involved in social action in our region and grants of up to £10,000 will be available for groups for projects lasting up to a year

Ten organisations were recipients of the fund in 2021, including the Marine Society and Sea Cadets (Winchester), Aspire Ryde (Isle of Wight) and Hampshire Cricket Board.

The #iwill Fund is a joint investment project from the DCMS and the National Lottery Community Fund and brings together a group of organisations who contribute funding to embed meaningful social action into the lives of young people. Sovereign Housing Association, which is based in Basingstoke, is just one of the organisations that has contributed to this year’s Fund.

Andrew Cooper, Head of Business Development and Fundraising at Sovereign said: “We are delighted to support Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation’s #iwill Fund. Our ambition is to create thriving and inclusive communities, which is why we’re pleased to be providing funding and giving more people the opportunity to get involved in youth social-action projects.”

Jacqui Scott, CEO of HIWCF said “I would like to thank our HIWCF donors and partners who have generously contributed to the #iwill Fund, enabling us to support and empower young people across our region – many from disadvantaged backgrounds – that want to make a difference in their local communities.”

“We’re encouraging local groups across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, who have a vested interest in working with young people and empowering them to take positive actions in their lives to apply for funding.”

Applications to the #Iwill Fund are now open, find out more here.