What the Activate Fund will cover

Through the Activate Fund, we will award grants to Churchill Fellows of the past ten years, who are working towards activating or accelerating Fellowship projects that will transform the lives of people across the UK.

In its first year of grants, this pilot programme will offer a small number of awards, from £4,000 to £20,000. These will go to Fellows and projects that have the greatest potential to provide a lasting public benefit, whether locally, regionally or nationally. Projects must be directly related to your Fellowship.

In addition, Activate Fund recipients will be offered non-financial assistance in the form of learning and support, which will provide a valuable bridge to further opportunities. 

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.

Activities the Fund will support:

  • To undertake advocacy activities (such as speaking engagements in influential spaces, production of policy papers or briefings for major consultations).
  • To pilot a project, prototype an app, or develop or complete a product.
  • To undertake direct implementation activities (such as organising a conference or event, generating media content, self-publishing a book with relevant target audiences).
  • To set up a social enterprise, charity or other non-profit entity.

What other activities can this funding be used for?

  • As a stipend or to supplement income if you are proposing to reduce your working hours.
  • To cover vital life costs, where it will give you time and capacity to pursue your Fellowship project. This could include a contribution to extra childcare costs, carer costs etc.
  • To provide support needs for your project (such as legal costs, trade-marking, website design, translation, adaptation of resources for different audiences, or equipment).
  • To develop your skills (which may include a leadership programme, training in a technique learnt on your travels, etc).
  • To host people in the UK who you have visited abroad, although you must clearly demonstrate how this will add value to your implementation plans.
  • We are happy to contribute to equipment costs, but are unlikely to support bids where these constitute more than 25% of your grant request. 

You can also use up to 20% of your budget flexibly, as your needs might change once the work begins. 

What the Fund will not support

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

Like the Fellowship itself, there are some projects that we will not fund. These include:

  • An idea that will only benefit the applicant, not the wider UK society.
  • Academic studies, dissertations for undergraduate degrees, degree placements, medical electives, student grants, internships etc.
  • Post-graduate studies.
  • Art projects that will result only in an exhibition and have no public benefit beyond raising the profile and expertise of the applicant.
  • Artist's residencies.
  • Research for fiction, unless it clearly has a wider public benefit.
  • Volunteering.

We will not fund projects that:

  • Promote a political party.
  • Proselytise or exclude on religious grounds.
  • Are not for public benefit.

Applications for 2020 grants have now closed. The next grants round is being developed and all eligible Fellows will be notified in time to apply.

How to apply