Spirit of 2012 (the London 2012 Games Legacy funder) and the #iwill Fund (a joint investment between the National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) have been a longstanding funding partners of UK Youth.
In 2018 the collaboration launched EmpowHER, a social action programme aimed at tackling low levels of well-being amongst young women and girls. More than 1,800 young people completed the programme by its conclusion in 2021. Legacy funding from Spirit of 2012 has enabled UK Youth to test new approaches to embedding learning and scaling EmpowHER with selected delivery partners.
Most recently, Spirit of 2012 and #iwill Fund partnered with UK Youth to deliver Inspire 2022. Designed in partnership with Local Trust, Inspire 2022 was inspired by the tenth anniversary of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games where a promise was made to Inspire a Generation and the multiple national and international events which will take place next year.
This youth-led social action programme provides young people with grant funding and support from youth workers to work with their community to research, plan organise, promote and deliver events which respond to community needs, and leave a legacy of skills and knowledge for future social action.