News: Over £500,000 in Activate grants awarded to Fellows
Published: 17 Jun 2021
Today we announce the 21 Churchill Fellows who have been awarded grants totalling £524,675 from our Activate Fund. This is a new grant scheme that aims to increase the impact that Churchill Fellows make across UK society.
“We are delighted to announce these Activate projects addressing key topical issues. From responding to hate crime, to supporting young people’s wellbeing, to pioneering approaches to sustainable food, the Activators are leading vital change across the UK,” said Katie Baldock, Fellowship Support Manager.
Here are the grant recipients and their projects:
- Agnes Houston: helping people living with dementia to access sensory support
- Allan Ponniah: using artificial intelligence to revolutionise facial reconstruction
- Arfah Farooq: helping young Muslims into employment
- Becky Rogerson: preventing domestic abuse
- Edward Rogers: developing Braille education programmes for blind communities in the UK
- Ellie MacLennan: preventing entanglement of marine animals in fishing gear
- Emma Sullivan: helping state-educated young people to build professional networks
- Erica Sosna: career mentoring for young people
- Esther Foreman: supporting volunteer-led community groups
- Fiona Gilbertson: campaigning for drug policy reform
- Gee Walker: supporting victims of hate crime
- Heba Al-Jayoosi: helping schools to support their autistic pupils
- Helen Woodcock: developing a farming blueprint for the future
- Kerry Taylor: improving infant mental health in Brighton and Hove
- Olivia Richards: The Story Project - using stories as a tool to support children’s mental health
- Sarah Beresford: supporting children with a primary carer in the criminal justice system
- Tim Robbins: using digital devices for inpatient diabetes care
- Tracey Ford: empowering parents and carers affected by serious youth violence
- Zara Todd: developing disability leadership in the third sector
- Two Fellows have asked for their details not to be publicised for personal reasons.
This is the second round of the Activate Fund, a three-year pilot project that has has been developed in consultation with Fellows. It forms part of a dedicated support package encompassing funding and non-financial assistance for Fellows during the key period when they have completed their global research and are starting to make change happen in the UK. The first round of recipients were announced in May 2020.
In this round of Activate Fund awards, 24% of our Fellows came from minoritised racial groups; 33% declared a disability; 9% identified as LGBTQI+; and 76% were women.
The third round of the Activate Fund will open in 2022. Fellows wishing to apply can find out more in the Fellows’ area of our website.