Charities and community groups working across Suffolk can now apply for funding for projects that encourage young people to take action on the issues that matter to them.

Through the #iwill Fund, we are looking for groups that engage young people aged 10-20, in activities such as campaigning, fundraising or volunteering. Funding of up to £5,000 is available to groups including registered charities, community groups, social enterprises and CICs. The closing date for applications is 30th September 2019 with funding being awarded by the end of November.

We are so grateful to our private donors in Suffolk for stepping up and supporting the match challenge laid down by #iwilll, which now sees a total of £80,000 for grant-making. 

Young people have enormous potential to make a positive change in their communities. We’re proud to support local groups working with the next generation of volunteers, campaigners and activists who want to make a difference.

Andrea Pittock

Head of Grant Programmes

Projects that received funding in the first round included: 

  • A project to support young carers in Suffolk obtain their Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • A befriender scheme involving care homes for those living with dementia and students from local secondary schools
  • A “buddy’ scheme for young people living in supported accommodation in Suffolk
  • A project to set up a community cafe for those with learning disabilities and additional needs

The #iwill Fund is a joint £40 million investment from DCMS and The National Lottery Community Fund. UK Community Foundations has secured the funding on behalf of its network for the second time to fund projects that support the aims of the #iwill Campaign.

You can apply here. 


This fund really demonstrates how different channels of giving can come together to make a big difference in Suffolk. The combination of money from #iwill and private philanthropy has effectively doubled the amount of money available for local projects. If you are looking to make a positive impact on people’s lives in Suffolk, you can achieve that by working in partnership with us.

Tim Holder

Head of Public Affairs

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