The Commonwealth is a global family of 54 countries, home to 2.4 billion people, of which 60% are under the age of 30.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT) launched on April 21st 2018 in recognition of Her Majesty The Queen’s lifetime of service to others and her love for the Commonwealth and its young people.
Around the world, we are facing urgent challenges. Covid-19 has shown us that we depend on each other and we need to work differently, together, to make the world a better place. To bring about positive change, it is vital that funding and support goes to the right place.
QCT supports young people who are driving transformational results in their communities – in education, healthcare, employment, the environment and more. Less than 0.1% of international aid goes to leaders like them, the ones most affected by the challenges and with solutions that work. Their collective potential is enormous. We want to unlock it.
QCT provides three key elements founders tell us they need to succeed: flexible funding, practical tools and guidance, and access to a global network of like-minded young entrepreneurs.
“We sometimes think the world’s problems are so big that we can do little to help. On our own, we cannot end wars or wipe out injustice, but the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine.”
Her Majesty The Queen, our Patron
How we work
We want to get more investment and opportunities to young people who are making a practical difference. Through our digital channels, we show their work in action and the difference they make, to drive attention to their work and support for what they do.
Our digital content reached over 40 million people in 2019, and we have over 80,000 social media followers. For those featured on our platforms, 88% say it increased their credibility and 87% say it generated more interest in their work. Not only that, in a recent survey, 96% said that QCT’s content inspires them to take more action to make a positive difference.
We have awarded just over £1m in small grants since we started in 2017. Our grants are flexible and come with practical advice and bespoke support to help the founders expand and strengthen their offer. We solicit applications through our network only – as it allows us to move fast to reach otherwise unseen and unheard entrepreneurs.
The young people we fund work across the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and tackle complex issues primarily relating to health, education, inequality and environmental sustainability.
Health: We support a range of organisations working in areas such as rural healthcare access, antimicrobial resistance, and more recently, mental health and the supply of personal protective equipment and information during COVID-19.
Education: We work with organisations delivering access to education for women and girls, and we also support a range of skills-based training programmes on leadership, entrepreneurship, critical thinking and computer literacy.
Click here to read more about our funded projects and partners.
QCT is not currently open for funding applications.
We connect young leaders to a global network of over 750 peers so they can learn together and share resources, ideas and advice. Our network is a powerhouse of collaboration, where successes, failures and solutions are shared to help everyone achieve more.
Through our Resources Hub and on social media, we provide free, open access learning materials that focus on building leadership and enterprise skills and knowledge. Everyone is welcome, with 100,000 people visiting our Resources Hub over the last year, and over 2 million people engaging with our social media content.
Our network sits at the heart of QCT’s strategy development and delivery. We work together on fundamental areas like grant-making, digital content creation and impact. Collectively, we consider the most pressing global issues and explore the history of the Commonwealth and its role in guiding the future approach of QCT.
Together, we are #TeamQCT.
Scroll down to meet some of the organisations we work with or visit our Projects page.
A legacy of service to others
The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust was established in recognition of Her Majesty The Queen's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth and her unwavering belief in young people and all they do to make the world a better place.
On her 21st birthday, The Queen dedicated her life to the service of others, inviting young people to join her and help make progress for all.
Disclaimer: The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT) is an independent organisation. It offers a free and open forum where young people can share insights, expertise, advice and inspiration, and come together to discuss issues that matter to them. The content and discussions shared by QCT reflect these perspectives.
While QCT may from time to time be supported in its work by members of the Royal Family, views expressed on the QCT website do not represent views of the Royal Family or the Royal Household.
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