Act for Change Fund
The Act for Change Fund: young people leading social action is a £3.6 million partnership for organisations supporting young people working for change. The fund provides resources for young people to challenge social injustice, find ways of overcoming inequality and give voice to issues they are experiencing.
A joint initiative between Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (EFF) 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.
With shared values around building the strengths of young people, PHF and EFF believe there are significant benefits to working together to share learning and better support the sector. Working with the #iwill Fund, we want to add to the debate on the impact of youth social action on young people and further explore the effect on skills, capabilities and well-being that leading change delivers. Although we know it is complex, we also want to examine ways in which the benefit to communities might begin to be measured and recognised. We aim to support organisations who have not benefitted from youth social action funding to date, strengthening their impact and sustainability.