Funding and Policy News

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Applications are now open for Churchill Fellowships, an opportunity to research new ideas and best practice overseas. Churchill Fellows are funded to research new ideas overseas for 4-8 weeks, in topics and countries of their own choice, with the intent of gaining fresh perspectives and insights that can make a difference to their community or profession back home. Everyone can apply, regardless of age, background or qualifications, so long as they are a UK citizen aged 18 or over.

The deadline for applications is 18 September 2018, for travel in 2019. Find out more here.

Investment in Specialised Housing for Vulnerable People

The government has announced an extra £76 million a year of funding to build homes for vulnerable people over the next three years. Aimed to support disabled people, people with mental health issues and older people, this specialised housing is designed to be accessible and aid independent living. Find out more about this investment here.

Supporting People in England Back into Work After Caring

Earlier this year the Government announced a £1.5 million programme to support people back into work after time spent away from the labour market while undertaking a role in caring. The Returners Fund offers grants to projects which help people to return to work in the private sector. Projects could help returners update their skills, provide other training or support businesses to increase employment opportunities for returners. This is part of the government’s wider strategy to close the gender pay gap. The upper limit for grants is £300,000 but the majority of awards will be between £50,000 and £150,000. The grants can only be used for the start-up costs of new projects, training, and related support for returners. All types of organisations in England that can demonstrate they can support returners are eligible.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 14 September 2018. Find out more here.

Funding for New Local Projects that Fight Litter in England

The overall aim of the programme is to find new ways of reducing and preventing litter through new methods and interventions, that have not been tried and tested before, and can be delivered and show meaningful results within six months. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support innovative research projects (located in England only) that have the potential to be scaled up or replicated more widely. A minimum of 10% match funding is required, and this can be either in-kind or monetary. A wide range of organisations can apply, including charities.

There is a two-stage application process. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 5 October 2018 (5pm). Find out more here.

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