Bright Future Prize 2022

The ACT Bright Future Prize has returned for its second year, supporting projects developed by teens with big dreams to make a difference in their communities.

The Bright Future Prize was launched in 2021 to fund the innovative ideas of the next generation of community leaders who are committed to driving positive change and inspiring others.

The prize was inspired by Freddie Williams, the son of Ardonagh colleague David and his wife Sarah. In 2015, Freddie, aged seven, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.  When Freddie died four years later, the contents of his money box were donated to ACT with a simple message: ‘To help pay for special treats for the next poorly child’. This simple gesture led to the idea of the Bright Future Prize, which is all about enabling young people to make a positive impact – and as part of Freddie’s continued legacy, David and Sarah help the ACT Trustees to select our Bright Future Prize winners.

This year we’re back to do it all again with a £40,000 fund to invest in teens aged 13 - 19.

Meet our winners for 2022!

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This year, we received applications from young people right across the world – including Australia, Ireland, South Africa, the UK and the USA. 

It was an incredibly tough decision, but our ACT Trustees selected four fantastic young people as winners of this year’s Bright Future Prize, who will share the £40,000 total prize fund – each receiving £10,000 to invest in their community project.

Hear their stories, more about their bright idea, and why they're passionate about giving back.

Meet our winners


Get to know each of the eight teenagers who have made our 2022 shortlist and learn more about their bright ideas for community projects to make a difference. 

Discover our Bright Future Prize finalists 2022

“I’m sure all our finalists will inspire many more young people to get involved in the communities that matter to them. Myself, and the rest of ACT’s Trustees can’t wait to see how our winners use the funding to make their ideas happen!”  
Rory Best, ACT Trustee and former Irish and British Lions Rugby captain

Follow ACT on Instagram to make sure you're first to see videos from each of our shortlisted teens as part of our finalists showcase.


What is the Bright Future Prize?

The Bright Future Prize is hosted by Ardonagh Community Trust (ACT), the registered charity of one of the world's leading insurance brokers, The Ardonagh Group, and empowers teens with big dreams to make a difference in their communities through a £40,000 fund.

We’re searching for the next generation of community leaders and innovators, who are committed to driving positive change and inspiring their community of choice – this could be a geographical area, a group of people united by a shared interest or charity, or a national or global cause.

The prize is open teenagers aged 13–19, located anywhere across the world where The Ardonagh Group has a presence, including the UK, Ireland, Australia, the United States, South Africa, and Gibraltar.


Introducing this year’s categories

This year we have four categories, each linked to a different way young people can make their community better, brighter and stronger.

The £40,000 prize fund will be shared across all four categories, meaning winners will receive £10,000 (or equivalent local currency) to make their project a reality, alongside mentoring opportunities, from ACT.


Discover our 2021 finalists

Find out about all our 2021 Bright Future Prize finalists and their projects, including our winning team of three, Dawn to the Light.


Stay up to date with the Bright Future Prize and ACT

We love sharing the people and stories behind our work.

Follow ACT on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – search @ArdonaghCT.

Read about the people and projects we've supported on the Our Stories section of the ACT website.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the ACT team by emailing


Read the full terms and conditions for the prize.