News: Over £150,000 in grants for Fellows' Covid-19 projects
Published: 3 Jun 2020
Today we announce the first round of grants from our new Covid-19 Action Fund. These will fund 21 projects run by Churchill Fellows that are urgently combatting the pandemic’s effects in healthcare and other areas of UK life.
"I believe my grandfather would have been immensely proud of what today's Churchill Fellows are achieving in his name, during the greatest challenge our nation has faced since the war.” - WCMT Chairman Jeremy Soames
The projects range from mental health to BAME community, domestic abuse to food poverty. They will receive an average grant of £7,370, totalling almost £155,000.
- BAME community
- Children and young people
- Community response
- Disability inclusion
- Domestic abuse
- Food supply
- Health and social care
- Mental health
WCMT Chairman Jeremy Soames, grandson of Sir Winston Churchill in whose memory the Churchill Fellowship was founded, said: “Churchill Fellows are proven experts in their fields, working on the frontline and making an impact where it is most needed. I believe my grandfather would have been immensely proud of what today's Churchill Fellows are achieving in his name, during the greatest challenge our nation has faced since the war.”
The Covid-19 Action Fund was launched in April 2020 by WCMT, to increase the Fellows’ impact in the national effort against CV19. Hundreds of pandemic projects nationwide are being run or assisted by Churchill Fellows, using the international expertise they have gained during their Fellowships overseas. A second round of grants will be announced in the autumn.
Lessons learnt from the whole spectrum of Fellows’ CV19 projects will be gathered to create a national resource and knowledge bank of learnings and recommendations. This resource will be available for policy-makers and practitioners in many sectors as the UK starts to restore itself, build resilience and prevent future similar scenarios.