FUNDING: vInspired Cashpoint

Status:  Open to applications
Application Deadline:  31 August 2013


vInspired Cashpoint offers young people (14-25) grants of up to £500, challenging them to use their creativity, passion and energy to create social action projects that will change their communities for the better.


Maximum Value:  £500

Value Notes

The maximum grant is £500.

Extended Description

vInspired helps young people to discover the value of volunteering and social action – for themselves and for others. It uses the power of online to inspire offline actions – offering easy-to-access opportunities and support for young people to get involved with good causes in their communities. Since its launch in May 2006, vInspired has worked with over 500 charities and community organisations and 200 businesses to create over one million youth volunteering opportunities. www.vinspired.org

vInspired Cashpoint is designed to inspire and enable a new generation of social entrepreneurs to make a difference to the issues they care about. Grant recipients will be encouraged to use their creativity and initiative to develop and implement their own ideas, but will also be offered support and guidance to help them build vital confidence and skills for business.

Latest Information

Applications for grants opened 2 April 2012 and will be open until the end of August 2013.

Key Criteria

Applications must come from individual young people between the ages of 14 and 25 years old who live in England or Scotland (Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow).

vInspired Cashpoint will fund projects that:

  • Are designed and run by 14-25 year old volunteers.

  • Take place in England or Scotland (Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow).

  • Can be delivered within two months.

  • Clearly benefit a chosen community. This could be the community where the applicant lives or where they spend most of their time, or a group of people that the applicant would like to help.

  • Are either new or an idea that has been used in the past but which the applicant would like to try again, doing things a bit differently.

  • Create at least two new volunteering opportunities for 14 -25 year olds (in addition to the applicant). Volunteers give their time to help others, other than just taking part in an activity; for example, coaching local children to play football is volunteering, but playing in a local football match is not volunteering.

  • Cost less than £500.

Eligible Expenditure

vInspired Cashpoint aims to encourage young people to think creatively about how to spend their grant.
Grants can be used for anything that can demonstrate a positive benefit to a community, group or the planet.

Match Funding Restrictions

v must be the only funder for the project.


vInspired Cashpoint will not fund:

  • Applications from organisations. (Applications must come from individual young people.)

  • Projects that already exist and are seeking funding to continue.

  • Part-funding of larger projects. (vInspired Cashpoint must be the only funder for the project.)

  • Projects that have already been funded by vInspired Cashpoint in a previous round and do not include any new ideas or new volunteers.

  • Projects that involve raising funds; for example, charging participants to take part, selling goods or services or raising funds for other charities, organisations or activities.

  • Projects that support religious or political activity.

Payment Procedure

A joint account will be created between vInspired and the grant recipient and funds will be paid into this account. Grant holders are required to retain evidence of expenditure.

Application Procedure

Applications can be made via a simple, short application form at www.vinspired.com/vcashpoint. Applicants will be required to upload a scan or photo of their i.d. (passport, driving licence or birth certificate).

For further information contact vInspired.

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this funding opportunity locally, please contact the following:

Contact details:
V Cashpoint
5th Floor
Dean Bradley House
52 Horseferry Road

Telephone:  0800 089 9000