New £250m Fund to Test New Health Research

The Wellcome Trust has announced a new fund to invest in areas of research in health which do not conform to traditional research protocols. The Leap Fund will launch in 2020 and will focus on new areas of research and “left-field ideas”.

Funds for social integration

A new £1m fund to support work on citizenship and integration in London has been launched.

Innovating for Improvement

The Health Foundation has announced a £1.7m fund to support up to 23 clinical teams to test and develop innovative ideas and approaches to improve health and social care delivery in the UK. It is particularly interested in applications focusing on the physical and mental wellbeing of staff, improving team working and relationships, or using technology and automation to address workforce challenges.

The deadline for applications is 9th July. Find out more here

Open Call for Increased NHS Funding

The Nuffield Trust, The King’s Fund and the Health Foundation have published an open call to Government to increase NHS funding and a long term solution to social care funding.

The open letter also calls for reform to allow greater integration of health and social care and a more even distribution of resource around the country.

Developing your Creative Practice – deadline 16 May 2018

Arts Council England has launched a new development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners with grants of between £2,000 and £10,000.

This fund will create more pathways for individuals, from a range of creative practices and backgrounds. Round 1 is now open and will close on 16 May.

Heritage Lottery Fund consultation offers wellbeing focus

As part of its strategy review, HLF has published the findings of research with National Lottery players that advocates investment in heritage activity that alleviates social issues. When interviewed, people valued the health and wellbeing impact of lottery funding.

The research, which will contribute to HLF’s new strategy focuses on how people see lottery funding as benefitting communities

Wellcome’s public engagement fund

The Wellcome Trust has re-opened its public engagement fund with a new set of guidance and procedures for grants of between £25,000 and £250,000. The funds are to support projects which engage the public with health, encouraging new approaches and fresh thinking about health and health research.

Successful projects will:

Backbone Fund

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced a programme of five years of support for seven sector support and advocacy organisations including the Cultural Learning Alliance, What Next? and the Clore Social Programme.

The organisations will receive between £150,000 and £200,000 over the next five years from the newly created Backbone Fund is to help non frontline organisations support core costs and acknowledges that “Resources for advocacy, collaboration, business development and other core functions have become increasingly scarce, yet are critical to a thriving civil society.”

London Borough of Culture

The Mayor of London has unveiled the first £1.35m awards of London Borough of Culture. Waltham Forest is the first borough to be awarded the title - for 2019, followed by Brent for 2020.

In addition, six boroughs - Barking & Dagenham, Camden, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Merton - will share a pot of £850,000 for landmark projects, which the boroughs highlighted in their entry bids.

Boost for London culture

On the eve of the announcement of the successful London Borough of Culture, Mayor Sadiq Khan has committed £1m of extra funding to widen the activity supported through the scheme.

An extra £500,000 will be split evenly amongst the two winning boroughs – ringfenced for projects that get more young people from different backgrounds involved in culture

£250,000 will boost funds available to up to six landmark projects submitted by bidding boroughs


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