What the Action Fund will cover
The Action Fund’s purpose is to support Churchill Fellows’ vital contribution to the national effort around Covid-19. It offers one-off grants of up to £10,000 and collects lessons learnt for future use.
The autumn 2020 round of this fund aims to support longer term renewal projects in the UK. We are looking for far-reaching proposals that will promote social and economic recovery, reconstruction or future prevention.
What this will fund
- Project costs (such as legal advice, website design, technical support, adaptation of resources for different audiences, equipment, impact evaluations, etc).
- A stipend or income supplement while you are delivering your Covid-19 response (if you are not eligible for relief or government funds).
- Vital life costs, where this will give you the time and capacity to implement your proposal. (This could include a contribution to extra childcare costs, carer costs, etc.)
- A step-change, replication or expansion of your existing operations, to respond to unpredictable needs.
- Sharing findings, policy briefings and raising awareness activities in the context of Covid-19, if there is a clear outcome of this work.
- Implementation of a pilot project, prototype, research project or product.
- Travel within the UK for the purposes of the project.
- Delivery of Covid-19-related services that meet the funding criteria.
What this will not fund
- Projects for which there is no demonstrable demand.
- Promotion of a political party.
- Proselytising on religious grounds.
- Work that is not for public benefit.
- 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.
- Gap year activities, unless the application is for a stand-alone project.
- 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 has a wider public benefit.
- Where the project is solely about enabling an individual to volunteer.
- Organisational running costs.
- University or large institutional overheads.
- One-off activities, such as conferences, festivals, trips, a workshop, etc.
- Moving your services online.
- Travel outside of the UK.
- Distribution of equipment.