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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What sort of projects will vInspired cashpoint fund?

A. We fund volunteering projects that have a clear benefit for other people. The project could be of benefit to the community where you live, or where you spend most of your time, or a group of people that you would like to help. The project should be a new idea or something that you have tried before but would like to do differently.

Take a look at www.vinspired.com/cashpoint for some examples of projects we have funded before.

Q How old do I have to be to apply?

A. You need to be between 14 and 25 to apply.

Q. Will I need to prove my age?

A. Yes. When you are completing your application you will be asked to upload a scan or a photo of your ID. This could be a copy of your passport, birth certificate or driving license.

Q. Can I apply from anywhere in the UK?

A. Unfortunately not. You can only apply if your project is taking place in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Q. How much money can I apply for?

A. Up to £500.                        

Q. How long should my project last?

A. Your project should be finished and the funds used within two months of the start date. If you think your project may exceed this time please make this clear in your application and to your coordinator.

Q. Who else should I be working with?

A. Your project should create at least two more volunteering opportunities for 14-25 year olds (in addition to you).

Q. How do you define a volunteer?

A. Someone who does something that benefits individuals, groups, or the wider community. These are the young people (14-25) that will help manage and carry out a project including the applicant – this activity is unpaid.

Q. Can I use money from cashpoint towards a bigger project?

A. No. We only fund small projects and want to be the only funder for your project.

Q. Can I apply through an organisation I volunteer with?

A. No, cashpoint funding is for individual young people (or small groups) who have developed a project idea and will run the project themselves.

Q. Can I get support from a support worker to help me with the project?

A. Of course, but we want you to be in charge! If you need support from a teacher, youth worker or someone else to apply for a grant or run the project, your support worker must complete the relevant section of the application form. It’s important that they tell us how they’ll make sure that you stay in charge of the project

Q. Can I put in more than one application at a time?

A. No. You can only deliver one cashpoint project at a time. When you have successfully finished your project you are welcome to submit another application for a new project.

Q. Can I run a project which aims to raise money?

A. No, cashpoint does not fund 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.