#iwill Youth Social Action Fund

Open: 10th April, 2017 to 12th May 2017 (midday)

About the initiative
Last year 42% of 10-20 year olds took part in meaningful youth social action like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, in communities across the UK. Taking part in youth social action creates opportunities to learn, be recognised for their contributions, and improve networks between peers and communities. Evidence shows that it may help with employability of young people. Yet there is still a gap in the level of youth social action undertaken by young people from less affluent backgrounds.

Comic Relief has partnered with the #iwill campaign, to create a £2.4 million fund to target young people from less affluent backgrounds. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get six out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. Big Lottery Fund and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have each invested £20 million to support young people access high quality social action opportunities.

Co-produced with young people, and championing peer to peer engagement and the importance of trust building, this initiative will fund projects to seek out young people, and encourage those from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action.

Read more at http://www.comicrelief.com/grants/initiatives/iwill-youth-social-action-fund


HIV in the UK: Think Digital

Open: 10th April 2017 to 19th May 2017 (midday)

About the initiative
More than 30 years on from the start of the AIDS epidemic in the UK, the landscape is unrecognisable from that of the 1980s. The availability of effective HIV treatment means people with HIV can lead a long and healthy life. However, there are now more people living with HIV in the UK than ever before. In 2015 an estimated 101,200 people were living with HIV in the UK, and of these, around 13,500 were unaware of their HIV infection. Many people receive a late diagnosis, meaning they start treatment later which affects life expectancy and increases complications. And stigma and discrimination continue to be a major challenge in the UK.

This initiative funded through a partnership between The M∙A∙C AIDS Fund and Comic Relief, will support organisations who are using technology in innovative and inspiring ways to respond to the ever-changing HIV landscape in the UK.

Read more at https://www.comicrelief.com/grants/initiatives/hiv-uk-think-digital