Action for Equity Award

The Action for Equity Award is an exciting new prize which aims to recognise and reward the crucial work being advanced by civic organisations to combat inequalities around the world.


The Action for Equity Award also aims to extend the reach and impact of the Atlantic Fellows programme for Social and Economic Equity, which supports dynamic emerging leaders from academia and the third sector, campaign or policy-making organisations to explore the causes of inequalities.

The prize celebrates the excellent work which has been achieved by smaller teams, providing GBP 50,000 toward the winning organisation’s ongoing activities. Moreover, award winners will contribute to the Atlantic Fellows programme at LSE.

Winner of the Action for Equity Award 2017:

Shannon Trust

Shannon Trust Shannon Trust


Thousands of prisoners are unable to engage in the rehabilitation journey because of their inability to read. The Shannon Trust transform lives by inspiring prisoners who can read, to teach prisoners who cannot.

The 2017 finalists

Special commendation also goes to the two other organisations that featured in the final shortlist. The Atlantic Fellows programme will maintain close links with these organisations:

Hope into Action

Hope into Action Hope into Action


Hope into Action is an award-winning charity set up to enable churches to fight homelessness initially in Peterborough, now across the country. Their dream is to change the lives of the most disadvantaged in our society by finding them homes rather than a bed for the night.

Participation and the Practice of Rights



PPR puts the power of human rights at the service of those who need it most. They support marginalised people to assert their rights in practical ways and make real social and economic change in their communities.


Action for Equity Award 2018

The Action for Equity Award will soon be inviting applications from organisations operating in Southern Africa. The 2018 Award will be presented at the International Inequalities Institute Annual Conference 2018, hosted by the University of Cape Town, in June 2018.

Further information on the process, the criteria and the timeframes will be announced soon.

For further information, or to ask any questions, please contact Neil Johnson