The Act for Change Fund has awarded £687,200 to seven youth groups to help tackle social injustice and inequality in areas such as education and mental health.
The Fund which represents a £3.6 million partnership between the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, matched by the #iwill Fund has awarded seven grants in it’s first round including:-
The Advocacy Academy which will use the funds to appoint a new programme director
Beatfreaks which will receive £100,000 to help young people use art to campaign about issues in communities in the West Midlands.
The Northern Ireland Youth Forum which will use its grant to fund a youth worker and studio space to allow service users to get involved in local and national issues
Jan McKenley-Simpson, Trustee form the Paul Hamlyn Foundation commented:
“We believe young people play a critical role in delivering social change. By prioritising support for those with experience of disadvantage, the Act for Change Fund aims to create a more diverse group of social, cultural and political leaders for the future. We are proud to announce the first recipients of this important fund, and look forward to seeing how the programmes, and the young people involved, take root and grow in the coming months and years.”
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