Spaces 4 Change

Space 4 Change (S4C) will fund, support and connect young social entrepreneurs with ideas to unlock the potential of unused and under-utilised spaces for the benefit of their community.

You're between 16 and 24 years old. You might have an idea to transform an abandoned local shop or reimagine an outdoor space. You have an idea that needs initial funding.

There are one hundred awards of up to £5,000 available to fund projects. You will be supported by a dedicated support manager (one of our experts in supporting social entrepreneurs). You will also get access to peer-to-peer networking opportunities and the chance to share knowledge and learning.

What you get

  • Up to £5,000 in funding
  • One-to-one guidance from an UnLtd award manager
  • A package of tailored support
  • Peer to peer networking opportunties for sharing knowledge and learning

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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To be eligible for S4C, applicants must be:

  • Aged between 16-24
  • Resident in the UK
  • In possession of an idea, which will unlock the potential benefits of unused or under-utilised spaces in their community
  • Applying as an individual or as an informal group of up to four people (with groups only the lead will complete the application form, and will be responsible for the award)
  • Fulfilling a clear demand and need, with clear outputs and goals

Applicants will not be eligible if their idea is:

  • Part of their paid employment
  • Political or religious campaigning
  • Outside of the law or against public policy, or anything that encourages ethnic, religious or commercial disharmony
  • Employing people
  • Mainly for people to achieve academic qualifications
  • Funding living expenses
  • Led by or part of an established organisation

Apply for an UnLtd award

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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

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Do It

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Grow It

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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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We host a series of events throughout the UK each year. From classes and conferences, seminars and workshops to networking events and training sessions.

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