How to apply
You have the option tell us about your project through a video
You can find instructions about how to do this in the online application form. If you have any questions about applying with a video, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We co-designed the application form with lived experience leaders
The application questions were co-designed in 2018 for the Leaders with Lived Experience Pilot Programme.
You should get a decision from us by the end of 2020
We need this time to assess your application and work with other leaders of lived experience to decide who to award funding to.
If it's difficult or impossible for you to complete an application form
You can contact us if you have any communication support needs. We’re happy to talk about alternative ways for you to tell us about your idea. You can also download EasyRead guidance about this programme.
What information you need to apply
We ask for the contact details of the main contact for your application
This should be someone we can talk to if we have any questions about your project.
We ask you for information about what sort of project you’d like to do
We ask what role lived experience plays in your organisation and how your project meets our funding priorities. And who your project aims to support.
We also ask how much money you need, what for, and for how long.
We ask for the legal name of your organisation and its address. And what type of organisation it is
Make sure these are up to date and match up with any information or identity documents we ask for (when you get to the application).
We also ask you to read and agree to our terms and conditions
Read the terms and conditions.
What happens after you apply?
- You send us your application – we will assess your application. We expect a huge amount of demand for this funding, so we'll have to make some tough decisions around what projects to take forward. We'll try to let you know our decision in eight weeks or less.
- We’ll ask for more information about your project – we’ll email you another online form to fill out. This will help us to make a final decision on whether to award funding. The form will ask for more details about your organisation, more details about your project, who will benefit from the project, main and senior contact details, and a proposed budget and recent bank statement. You’ll need to send us this information within 10 days (we know this is quite quick, so someone will support you with this).
- We’ll make a decision – a panel of our staff and leaders with lived experience will decide whether to award funding to your project. We’ll try to tell you our decision in eight weeks or less, after you send us more information about your project. We'll also do our security checks (you can find out more about the checks we do here).
- If your application is successful – we'll contact you with the good news! Once you’ve been awarded funding from us, here’s what to expect. This page will also let you know about the things you need to do. Our learning partner, EP:IC Consultants, who are led by people with both lived and learned experience, will get in touch. They will support you on your journey and put you in contact with other grantholders. Our learning from the Leaders with Lived Experience Pilot Programme shows that it shouldn’t just be about funding. It should also help create a network of organisations who can demonstrate the value of lived experience, and continue to connect and share learning with each other (for at least two years).