Challenge and Change- funds for 18-25 year olds

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.

If you’re 18-25 years old, working at the hard edge of injustice and have radical ideas, dreams, visions, and imaginations for a just and fair world for all, Challenge and Change want to invest in you and your work and offer a package of mentoring and network support to help take your work to the next level.


11.59pm on 27th July 2020

Decisions shared 20-27 August 2020


  • The Challenge and Change fund has £80,000 to invest in young people aged 18-25 working across England.
  • Young people can apply for grants between £1,000 to £10,000 to take their work to the next level.
  • This fund embraces and acknowledges that there are young people across England directly affected by injustices who are tirelessly working to speak out against those injustices. e.g. young people experiencing poverty, young people with disabilities, single teenage mothers, young care leavers and carers, young people of colour, young migrants and refugees, young people who’ve had contact with the criminal justice system – all young people who want to challenge and change laws, policies, practices, and cultures that have directly affected their lives and the communities they share those experiences with.
  • They fund
    • Individuals (directly) aged 18-25.
    • Constituted or unconstituted groups led by young people aged 18-25 (e.g community and/or grassroots groups, networks, movements or projects etc).
    • Organisations founded by and/or led by young people aged 18-25 (e.g. charities, social enterprises).



  • You must be aged between 18-25 years old.
  • You must be based in England.
  • We do not fund projects that provide services to young people (which we know is important and valuable work) but rather the ideas, project, campaign and/or movement that you have been creating to amplify, elevate and challenge injustices to create positive change.
  • They cannot fund projects that breach Charity Commission laws e.g. if the work is party political. However, we do fund work that wants to challenge laws, policies, practices, and cultures regardless of what government is in power. All the young people we invest in will have access to free (online) training on charity law and campaigning.
  • The money can be used to fund things like:
    • Your time (we value the time you put into your work!) and the time of your team.
    • Materials and equipment e.g. stationary; IT/camera equipment; software etc.
    • Work you feel you need to commission out to someone with the relevant expertise e.g. graphic design; website development; advice and support where technical expertise is needed.
    • Anything else you feel you need. You’ll have a better idea of what will help elevate your idea, campaign, movement or project.


Published on:
9 Jul 2020


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