Who can apply to the Activate Fund

The Activate Fund is open to Fellows in the first ten years after their Fellowship was awarded, subject to the eligibility criteria below.

Eligibility is calculated each year on a rolling basis:

  • For 2021 grants, Fellows from 2010 to 2019 can apply.
  • For 2022 grants, Fellows from 2012 to 2020 can apply.

In addition: 

  • You cannot apply until a year after your original Fellowship award. This is to allow time for your travels, post-return planning and Report-writing.
  • Your Fellows’ Report must have been published on our website at least six months prior to the application opening date of 9 February 2021. Fellows whose Report was published on 10 August 2020 or later will not be eligible to apply in 2021.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for Fellows who are ready to activate or accelerate findings from your travels. We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you are finding it difficult to access other funding to develop your project.

Like the Fellowship, we are searching for committed and motivated people. If you are driven by personal or professional experiences and have dedicated your career or life to a cause, we would like to hear from you.

Applications will be assessed on the potential of your project to have a major impact at a local, regional or national level, and on your ability to identify what can be achieved with this funding, including a clear implementation plan.

Selection criteria

You will need to demonstrate:

  • A strong and clear commitment to delivering goals related to your Fellowship.
  • That your project will tackle a significant issue and will deliver social, cultural or economic benefits to improve the lives of people in the UK.
  • What strides you have already made towards implementing recommendations from your Fellowship.
  • That your work is informed by the people most impacted by the issues you are tackling, and has the potential to widen the benefit beyond current beneficiaries.
  • How your work is different to, improves on, or adds value to what already exists within your field. 
  • That you have a plan that is realistic and achievable, with concrete activities and success measures.
  • How further funding will give you the additional capacity needed to help you achieve your stated goals.
  • The potential for a shift in practice, policy or behaviour, and how your work will lead or contribute to lasting change.


When applying online, you will need to complete a brief eligibility questionnaire to ensure that you can be considered. If you are not eligible, you will be unable to continue with the application.

You will need to confirm that:

  • You are a Churchill Fellow from 2010-2019.
  • Your report was published on the website before 10 August 2020. (This date also applies if you had your report approved by us but requested for it not to be published).
  • You will be seeking funds for activities that are directly related to your Fellowship.
  • Your work adheres to the Trust’s charitable aims.
  • You will be carrying out work that is based, and will primarily benefit, people in the UK.
  • You have some existing resource (be it funding, pro-bono support, backing) that will help you activate or accelerate your project.
  • Your work is not motivated solely by profit.

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