Co-op Foundation – Youth-led Advocacy to Improve Community Spaces

Co-op Foundation – Youth-led Advocacy to Improve Community Spaces

Application Deadline:
20 September 2019


Grants are available to community organisations in England for projects that support the aims of the #iwill campaign by helping young people (age 10-20) have a say in how community spaces that matter to them are managed.


Maximum Value:
£ 35,000


Around eight grants of up to £35,000 each are available.

Grants will be awarded for one year, although successful applicants will have the opportunity to re-apply for up to two years’ further funding.


The Youth-led Advocacy to Improve Community Spaces scheme has been launched by the Co-op Foundation as the first strand of a new £3 million extension to its #iwill Fund.

This extended fund will run until 2022, with an overall focus on supporting social action that draws on young people’s own lived experience with the aims of connecting young people in England (aged 10-20) to social action opportunities that lead to genuine community impact and empowering them through the difference this makes for themselves and their peers.

The fund will have three themed strands:

  • Youth-led advocacy to improve community spaces.
  • Social action that supports young people experiencing bereavement – opening later in 2019.
  • Social action that supports young people through the transition from primary to secondary school – opening later in 2019.

Eight grants are expected to be awarded under this first strand.

The deadline for applications is 20 September 2019 (12 noon).

Key Criteria

Applications will be accepted from community organisations in England.

Eligible organisations will:

  • Understand what high-quality youth social action is and have experience of equipping young people with the skills they need to deliver meaningful advocacy-based social action.
  • Be open and welcoming to young people, and actively seek to include people who may face barriers to getting involved.
  • Be able to show that their project will benefit young people in areas of deprivation and that they understand their local area well.
  • Be well-run, including its governance, strategy, financial management, and policies on safeguarding and diversity.

Young people engaged in the project should be aged between 10 and 20.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available to facilitate youth-led advocacy to improve the design and use of community spaces. Community spaces in this context means spaces that are (or could be) open to members of the public, including places where young people interact with services and institutions, places that young people struggle to access or use in the way that they would like and/or where young people’s voices are not currently represented.

Grants can be used to cover any costs related to carrying out this project, including (but not limited to):

  • Salaries of staff involved in delivering or supporting the project.
  • Costs of advocacy activities, including appropriate incentives and rewards for young people to take part.
  • Proportionate contributions to organisational running costs required to support the delivery of the project.

Proposed plans should have had input from young people themselves.

Application Procedure

Applications should be submitted via the online application form which can be found on the Co-op Foundation website.

Contact the Co-op Foundation for further information.

Addresses and contacts 

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