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The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner Youth Social Action Fund

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner Youth Social Action Fund aims to develop the skills and confidence of young people as volunteers in their communities through;

- targeted programmes of activities and support;

- raising the level and quality of youth social action;

- enjoyable projects that build and share skills and demonstrate positive impact on the wider community.

The Fund has a huge potential to empower young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to make a positive difference to their communities.

The Fund is offering grants to groups working with young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old (or 25 for young people with learning disabilities) living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The programme is partnered by the government’s Youth Social Action Fund, as part of the #iwill engagement campaign, run by national charity Step Up To Serve.

Grants, from £1,000 to £5,000, are available. Funded activities can include campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities

The fund is NOT to cover general youth club provision, nor to fund other activities /events that ‘merely’ have young people involvement.

Capital costs cannot be covered by grant.

Applicants must indicate how many young people they plan to work with over the course of the funded project and arrange for their young people to fill in a standard fund online questionnaire before the start  and on completion of their funded project.


The fund is open to applications from Charities/CIOs, Community Interest Companies and Social Enterprises. Applicants must demonstrate that their project can meet the following quality principles of great youth social action:

  • Socially Impactful - having a clear intended benefit to a community, cause or social problem
  • Challenging - stretching and ambitious as well as enjoyable and enabling
  • Youth-led -  owned and shaped by young people's needs, ideas and decision-making
  • Progressive-  sustainable, and providing links to other activities and opportunities
  • Embedded - accessible to all, and well integrated to existing pathways to become a habit for life
  • Reflective - recognising contributions as well as valuing critical reflection and learning

More details about the principles can be found on the #iwill website.