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.

How to apply

Covid-19 Action Fund round one winners

Fellows' activities on Covid-19