“I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ― Malala Yousafzai

Challenge and Change is a fund dedicated to supporting the limitless energy of young people affected by injustices who are working tirelessly across England to create positive change. It closed to applications on 27 July. Final decisions have been made and we are in conversations with all applicants. We are incredibly excited about the range of amazing work we’ll be supporting.

Young changemakers

Why this fund, and why now?

History illuminates the capacity and courage of young people to drive change, but for far too long their ideas have been restricted or constrained. Power is often held by adult-led initiatives that end up speaking on their behalf or controlling or leading their ideas. This fund wants to change that and move power and resources to young people.

This moment in time, which will go down in history, once again shows young people bringing social, economic, and climate injustices to the consciousness of adults who have been too slow to act.

Amazing young minds and hearts have made the vision of this fund possible, and the future of this fund will also be guided by the knowledge, wisdom, and insights of young people.

We intend this fund of £165,000 to be the first round of funding. Watch this space for future funding!

This fund was co-created by a group of partners: Young Advisers – Daze Aghaji, Chloe Deakin, Jovan Nepaul – the Blagrave Trust and the Centre for Knowledge Equity. This fund was made possible with generous support from the Ellis Campbell Charitable Foundation.

Final decisions have been shared with all applicants.

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