Spaces 4 Change

Space 4 Change (S4C) funded, supported and connected over 80 young social entrepreneurs with ideas to unlock the potential of unused and under-utilised spaces for the benefit of their community.

All of our award winners were between 16 and 24 years old all with ambition to transform varied spaces in their communities including reimagining outdoor spaces or abandoned shop units.

Over £300,000 of awards were given across the five years of the programme and all award winners were supported by a dedicated Social Entrepreneur Support Manager, given access to peer networking opportunities and were offered bespoke workshops to help them grow and share their knowledge and learning. 

Spaces4Change was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund as part of the 'Our Bright Future programme'.

GUAP Magazine, Spaces 4 Change winners discussing ideasGUAP Magazine were supported by Spaces4Change to open a creative, storytelling place for young people in south-east London (Guap photography c/o Pernod Ricard and The Distillery London)

Partner Panel

We work in partnership to help deliver Spaces4Change. Partners broaden a programme’s scope, ensure sustainability and help provide support to young social entrepreneurs.

A partner’s knowledge provides valuable strategic influence, identifies barrier to change and promotes exemplary case studies to demonstrate innovative practice more widely.

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Important information

Our Spaces 4 Change programme has come to an end. We currently have funding and support opportunities for:

  • Social entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales 
    Our boosted core awards programme is open for ideas at any stage.  
  • Social entrepreneurs working on products and services to improve quality of life for older adults
    You can apply for Thrive, our social accelerator, or for early stage funding and support.
  • Social entrepreneurs with ideas for community impact
    We're accepting award applications for projects in Brighton, Dundee, South Wales Valleys, North Staffs, or from one of these 19 Big Local Areas. 

All applications are made through our application portal, and you can learn more about our support offer here.

New funding opportunities will be opening up in Autumn 2020 for England-based social entrepreneurs, so watch this space. We are committed to 50% of our awards going to Black, Asian and minority ethnic social entrepreneurs, and/or disabled social entrepreneurs across all of our funding programmes.

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Other awards

We provide three levels of early stage awards, designed to match your growth as a social entrepreneur. Many of the people we support progress through different stages of awards as their venture grows. 

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Try it

Our Try It award will help you on your first steps of testing...

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Do It

Our Do it awards help make your idea for social change a...

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Grow It

The Grow It award is for social entrepreneurs looking to grow...

Our focus areas

We accept applications from social entrepreneurs providing solutions to any issues. We also have areas that we are focusing on. We encourage social entrepreneurs tackling these focus areas to apply. 

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Resilient communities

Social entrepreneurs are working hard to respond to the challenges...

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Building access to employment

The steady drop in unemployment is a good news story for the...

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Solutions for an ageing society

The UK is undergoing a demographic shift, with potentially far-reaching...

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