The £1 million We Move Fund

Children In Need have introduced their We Move Fund which aims to empower Black children and young people through Youth Social Action. They define youth social action as when children and young people use their voices to tackle subjects that matter to them. Children in Need will commit £10m over 10 years to create and invest in opportunities for Black children and young people.

They state: Youth Social Action is also part of our £4m Sharing Power (Youth Social Action) Programme. It is one of two Youth Social Action funds, being delivered in partnership with the #iwill Fund (a £54million joint investment between The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport), which are open this year. If your organisation or project is not focussed on Black children and young people, you can read about our other fund here

BBC Children in Need wants to place children and young people at the heart of what we do. We want to create opportunities to support and nurture children and young people’s voices, ideas, and leadership in the UK. We also know that children and young people experienced a reduction in their chances to participate during the pandemic.

We know that Black children and young people face many barriers in British society. Racial inequality, racism and discrimination prevent Black children and young people from accessing many opportunities including:

  • accessing similar opportunities and services, compared to their peers.
  • engaging in social, cultural, education and economic activity.

This impacts a child or young person’s emotional wellbeing, mental health, and ability to thrive and be the best they can be.

The We Move Fund: Youth Social Action aims to:

  • Reach Black children and young people with opportunities to have their voices heard. It will empower them to create change about issues that matter to them
  • Achieve positive outcomes for Black children and young people through Youth Social Action
  • Learn about what Youth Social Action means to Black children and young people. We will share this learning with the sector.

For more information on the grant and how to apply click here.