Act for Change Fund

Act for Change Fund


Act for Change Fund was a £3.6 million partnership to support youth-led organisations to create and lead social change. Between 2018 and 2022, the Fund supported young people working to challenge social injustice, find ways of overcoming inequality and give voice to issues young people experience.

A joint initiative between Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund, both foundations acted as match funders and awarded grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund. Act for Change Fund promoted the potential of young people with experience of disadvantage to devise and develop activities and programmes to shape the world around them. It aimed to create a more diverse group of social, cultural and political leaders for the future.

Act for Change Fund has now closed for applications.

To see examples of Act for Change Fund grants, please visit our grants database.

Funders and youth organisations can explore what we’ve learned about supporting youth activism on our Learning and resources page