The Activate Fund

Applications to the Activate Fund are now closed and will reopen in 2022.

The Activate Fund is a new grant programme aiming to support Churchill Fellows who are delivering projects with the greatest potential to transform people's lives in the UK.

The first round of the Activate Fund supported seven Fellows' work, covering issues ranging from homelessness to rural carers. For 2021, it is offering grants of £5,000 to £30,000 to accelerate Fellows’ projects that will transform the lives of people across the UK.

The Fund is open to Churchill Fellows in the first ten years after their travels, the key period when they start to make change happen.

This is a pilot scheme which has been developed in consultation with Fellows in order to respond to their practical needs once they have returned from their research travels.

Please note that this is a complementary fund to the Fellowship, aiming to support Fellows' post-travel activities. It will therefore not support further overseas travel.

For 2021 grants, applications are welcome from all Churchill Fellows of 2010-2019, whose Fellowship project would offer a significant public benefit and would benefit from this type of assistance.  We are particularly interested in applications from those who have struggled to access financial resources for their projects.

Applications  for Activate grants in 2021  can be made online from 11 February until 5pm on 23 March 2021. 

How to apply to the Activate Fund

Download a PDF of applicants' guidelines