The Public Engagement Fund is open to individuals and organisations (commercial and not-for-profit). Your project must focus on health, although this doesn’t need to be your organisation’s main focus or core activity.
You can be working in the arts, culture, entertainment media, heritage, leisure, education, research, informal learning, social enterprise, non-profit and community sectors, or other fields.
We’re looking for creative approaches to engage the public. Your project needs to support our public engagement goals, so it should do at least one of the following:
To be successful, your project must also do one of the following:
We’d like to understand how you think your proposed project is innovative, and the context in which it’s new.
We’re especially interested in work which promotes diversity and inclusion, and engages people and communities who are affected by social and economic disadvantage. This work can sit within a wider project or be its main focus. If your project addresses these issues, tell us how it does this, based on your experience and the context you are working in.
If your project takes place in a low- or middle-income country, we particularly want to see how it will strengthen the public engagement skills of the people and organisations involved in developing the project in that country.
In your proposal, you must include:
For more information, read Public Engagement Fund: what good proposals look like [PDF 371KB].
Your team should have the right expertise and skill sets to develop and deliver your proposed project.
This should include at least one subject expert, such as a researcher in a science or health-related discipline, and/or a health professional. The expert can lead the project, be a collaborator or take on an advisory role.
The project must take place in one or more of the following places:
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
São Tomé and Príncipe
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Papua New Guinea
You don’t need funding from another organisation to be eligible, but it may make your proposal more competitive. Such funding could show that your project is sustainable and/or that it is supported by stakeholders who are important to the success of the project.
You can’t apply if your proposed project is about:
Awards range from £25,000 to £3 million. Your project funding can last up to three years.
Most of the proposals we receive are for £25,000 to £100,000. If your proposal falls into this range then you must meet our criteria closely to be competitive, be clear about the change you want to achieve, and include a well-considered delivery plan.
We can only support a few grants of between £100,000 and £250,000 each year, so your proposal must aim to bring about significant change. Where possible, it should be backed by evidence, such as a pilot with positive results.
Occasionally, we make grants of over £250,000, where projects have the potential to bring about major, sustainable change. These might be capital projects, ambitious rollouts, or work that could influence the perspectives and actions of a large audience or group of participants.
Since 2018, we no longer accept applications for grants under £25,000.
Your costs should be justifiable and appropriate for your proposed activities.
Our support includes:
You can ask for staff costs if they don't already have a salary for the period of your grant. We recommend you comply with pay that is standard in your industry.
You can ask for up to 5% of the total amount you're requesting as contingency.
We cover overheads if your organisation is:
These costs may include:
The total overhead costs should not be more than 20% of the total direct costs you're requesting.
We don't fund:
We don't fund overheads unless they're included on this page.
This scheme is now closed.
March 2019 round
26 March 2019, 17:00 GMT
By early July 2019
July 2019 round
9 July 2019, 17:00 BST
By early October 2019
Find out about some of the people and projects we've funded for this scheme.