Unlocking change

Act for Change Fund

Young people leading social action

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The Act for Change Fund is a £3.6 million partnership for organisations supporting young people working for change. It provides resources for young people to challenge social injustice, find ways of overcoming inequality and give voice to issues they are experiencing.

The Fund is a joint initiative between Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund. Both foundations are acting as match funders and are awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.

The Act for Change Fund promotes the potential of young people with experience of disadvantage to devise and develop activities and programmes to shape the world around them. It aims to create a more diverse group of social, cultural and political leaders for the future.

Work we have supported through the fund include:

Funders increasingly realise that they must support young people to shape their communities and the wider world. It’s time to move beyond raising awareness, into the realm of social action.

Naima Khan, Programme Coordinator, Act for Change Fund
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