Housing Association offers £100,000 in funding for youth social action projects

Sovereign Housing Association is offering £100,000 in funding to support projects that promote social action among young people.

Grants of up to £10,000 are being made available for projects supporting youth action within three miles of the UK housing association’s 60,000 homes.

The Fund is backed by the National Lottery Community Fund and government’s #iwill social and community action fund.

Applications for the Sovereign #iwill Fund open on 18 July and close on 5 August.

The housing association’s youth panel, made up of 18–25-year-old residents, will be involved in deciding which projects to fund.

Alongside the grants the housing association is launching the Sovereign #iwill Youth Network, in partnership with Creative Youth Network to support organisations and young people interested in social action. This is open to all organisations even if they are not being funded through Sovereign’s Fund.

The Fund aims to offer £450,000 over two years to support young people. Of this £225,000 has been made available through the #iwill Fund and match funded by the housing association.

“The #iwill Fund found that, whilst many young people care about making the world a better place and believe they can make a difference, only 4 in 10 young people are currently participating in meaningful social action when surveyed,” said Sovereign #iwill Fund project manager Daisy Mummery.

“That’s why we’re so pleased to have been given funding from the #iwill Fund, so we can give organisations in our communities grants and support that enables young people to make a positive difference in their area and develop their own skills.”

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