The Standard Life Foundation have opened a new fast track grant scheme in light of the Coronavirus, funding work that relates directly to the pandemic.
Purpose of the Grant
The grant programme is for projects that can be started in the next few weeks and tackle financial problems and improve living standards for those on low-to-middle incomes in the UK.
They will fund a range of strategic work. This is work that benefits more than individuals and has the potential to benefit large numbers of people within the UK. This work must aim to create a step change in policy, practice, attitudes and/or behaviour. It includes policy work, campaigning, research, public attitudinal work, and improving practice and design.
The work we might consider in relation to the pandemic is:
- rapid analysis of key issues, for example, self-employed workers, the food and hospitality or social care sectors.
- Modelling of new proposals such as enhanced sick pay, help with utilities, high cost credit payments, and changes to pensions.
- recording impacts on low-to-middle income groups so this can be utilised now as well as later on to improve this group’s ability to weather financial shocks.
- We will also consider specific advocacy and policy work on a range of issues related to income, spending and assets.
These are just some examples and we know that organisations will have many ideas of their own.
How to apply
The Foundation anticipates that some projects may only last a few weeks or months, but that some may continue for longer. The Grants will range from £5,000 to larger amounts.
Existing grant recipients are eligible to apply, as are organisations who are already being considered for their current funding round. Organisations who have previously been rejected to receive funding can also apply.
Applicants should submit a one page document outlining their idea (and if the proposal is for research, some detail on your methodology). This should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about their funding opportunities and guidelines can be found on their website.