Type of Funding





One Young World is inviting youth-led initiatives, businesses or movements that are making a tangible impact on 10 selected Sustainable Development Goals, to apply for funding under the Lead2030 Challenges. Each Challenge is supported by a Lead2030 Challenge Partner.

The 10 Lead2030 Challenges are:

  • Lead2030 Challenge for SDG Goal 2: How to end  hunger by 2030?
  • Lead2030 Challenge for SDG Goal 3: How do we fight the growing burden on non-communicable disease worldwide?
  • Lead2030 Challenge for SDG Goal 4: How do we prepare 50 million futures for a world of opportunity?
  • Lead2030 Challenge for SDG Goal 6: How can we help reduce individual water usage within households?
  • Lead2030 Challenge for SDG Goal 7: How do we increase the share of renewable energy by 2030?
  • Lead2030 Challenge for SDG Goal 9: How can we re-imagine solutions to finance the growth of SMEs and trade to unlock prosperity for the world’s communities?
  • Lead2030 Challenge for SDG Goal 10: How do we create an inclusive workplace environment for the LGBTI community worldwide?
  • Lead2030 Challenge for SDG Goal 12: Turning waste by the packaging industry into raw materials of inherent value
  • Lead2030 Challenge for SDG Goal 14: Investing in the Oceans.


The winner of each challenge will receive a US$50,000 grant from the respective Challenge Partner.

In addition to funding, each Challenge Winner will be connected with a team of expert mentors from the supporting business and its partners.


Applicants must be youth-led initiatives, founded by persons aged 18 to 30. The initiative has to be aligned with the respective SDG challenge, and is focused, with a well-structured time horizon, identified key stakeholders and beneficiaries, and proposed outcomes that are reasonable and well thought out.

The applying initiative must be proven, being readily available, in or past implementation phase. Solutions must be impactful, with a positive social impact, for example generating employment or developing skills. The impacts of solutions must have been adequately measured and/or be measurable. They have to be financially viable and able to achieve efficiency and to survive on their own through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract.

Only scalable solutions are eligible, with the potential to perform as well or better after expanding in scope or size and/or being transported to other regions.


Applications are to be done online by 5 January 2020.

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