28 September 2020
Leaders with Lived Experiences Funding Programme
A limited number of grants will support not-for-profit organisations set up or run by people with first-hand experience of a social issue to help shape UK communities as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.
The National Lottery Community Fund is offering around 30 to 40 grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 for projects that enable organisations to focus either on the immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis, or on helping communities recover and renew after the impact of COVID-19, or both. The funding is available for up to two years.
The following are examples of projects that might apply for this funding:
- Involving lived experience leaders in designing and delivering services that meet the needs of communities most impacted by COVID-19.
- Creating time and space for lived experience leaders to think more about strategy, objectives and influencing, or developing strategy in general.
- Creating time and space for lived experience leaders to influence how communities recover and renew after the impact of COVID-19, in a strategic way. This might be for a specific geographic area or for a particular sector.
- Developing networks of support and collaboration between lived experience-led organisations, to create strategies that resolve intersections in lived experience. For example, working with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) care leavers, or disabled people in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer + (LGBTQ+) communities.
- Helping lived experience-led organisations become more resilient and sustainable. For example, through training, personal or professional development, planning to hand leadership over to others, improving digital capacity, or support packages to improve wellbeing.
- Supporting existing projects or creating new projects that help lived experience-led organisations and leaders to meet the needs of the communities they serve during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Supporting existing work or creating new projects that help to prevent crises like COVID-19 from impacting some communities (such as disabled people and BAME communities) more than others.
The funding can be used for a range of items, including but not limited to office equipment, one-off events, staff costs, training costs, transport, utilities and running costs, and volunteer expenses.
The deadline for applications is 13 October 2020 (5pm).