Young people leading change

About the Fund

Act for Change Fund is a £3.6 million partnership for organisations supporting young people working for change. The fund aims to deliver a greater understanding of what works in youth-led social action, the best ways to engage young people, especially those who often miss out, the potential impact of this work for young people and their communities (geographically and communities of interest), and to share this learning, so others locally, regionally or nationally may benefit. 


Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (EFF) are working in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund to deliver the Act for Change Fund. Both foundations are acting as match funders and are awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill fund. Big Lottery Fund and Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill fund.


The Act for Change Fund is in two phases. The first round which will open in July 2018 is for organisations currently supported by PHF/EFF to deliver youth-led social change, who will be invited to apply. The second round will launch in January 2019 and will be open to any organisations that have a track record in helping young people lead change.

We expect most grants to be in the range of £80,000-£100,000 over two years and aim to support around 20 organisations in this way.