About the fund
Area: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Suitable for: Individuals or groups of young people aged 30 or under.
Funding size: Up to £500.
Application deadline: Trustees meet four times a year, usually in January, April, July and October.
The Alec Dickson Trust is looking for UK-based volunteering or community service projects, organised and run by people under 30 years old, which directly or indirectly respond to COVID-19. The Trust is providing grants of up to £500 to individuals or groups to help them put their ideas into action and run projects that benefit the lives of others – particularly the most marginalised and disadvantaged.
When deciding who to fund, trustees are looking for projects that meet the following criteria:
The Trust supports projects that support and encourage youth volunteering. They particularly like to fund projects that involve lots of volunteers, and/or encourage these young people to stay engaged as volunteers in the long term.
Trustees are looking to support young people who run projects that have a positive impact on disadvantaged communities and individuals. They are particularly interested in projects that will have a deep and meaningful effect on those it reaches, as well as projects that are as long-lasting and sustainable as possible.
The Trust particularly like to fund volunteer initiatives that are innovative and try to do things a bit differently, such as using social media creatively or using existing resources in new ways.