Application process

Applying for investment from our volunteering funds involves a two-stage process

The first stage will be an expression of interest, which will be open for applications in late-February. Here you can tell us about your organisation, your understanding of the audience you want to work with and your initial project idea. This needs to be submitted through an online form by 24 April 2017.

Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to submit a full application by June 2017.

We aim to make funding awards by late-summer 2017.

What will we look for in your application?

While we finalise the details of our precise assessment criteria, here are some of the key things likely to feature:

  • You can show a great understanding of the audience and research to back it up.
  • There is a clear need for the project and the award, and your proposal is additional to existing work.
  • Your organisation has a good track record of working with the audience you are looking to reach – or you’re supported by partners who do.
  • You recognise the wider partnerships that will be needed to successfully deliver the project.
  • The proposed project will be designed around achieving measurable results relating to on mental wellbeing/individual development and social and community development.
  • The project will help us learn how to support this audience into volunteering in the long-term.
  • The plan is well considered and demonstrates quality.

Next steps

Full details of the funds, including the process, timescales, FAQs and assessment criteria will be published in February. The online expression of interest form will also be available.

For more information, or to receive a copy of the investment guide when it is published, please contact: