The Social Action Fund is a new grant fund of over £20 million managed by Social Investment Business on behalf of the government.
The fund aims to inspire organisations to create new social action opportunities through people giving what they have, be that their time, their money, or their assets, knowledge and skills.
The Fund aims to support social action in three areas:
1. Social action in the community – projects that will encourage people to come together in their neighbourhoods to support each other
2. Social action inspired by the Olympics and Paralympics – projects that will capitalise on the momentum and enthusiasm generated to by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games to create a legacy of social action.
3. Social action for all ages – projects that motivate people across all generations to get involved in volunteering and charitable giving – from school children and students, to working professionals and those near or of retirement age.
The Social Action Fund is open to applications to fund social action projects in England from civil society organisations, public sector bodies and businesses with a track record of delivering social action programmes. The organisations must have operated for more than 2 years and have a minimum turnover of £100k. Check out the website for more details and the application form.