The Social Movements for Health programme will offer up to seven social movements funding, movement-building opportunities, and connection to social movement peers. It is funded and delivered by Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, in partnership with the Dunhill Medical Trust which supports community-based organisations working to enhance the lives of those who need extra support in later life.
Social movements for health emerge when people come together to promote or resist change in the experience of health or the systems that shape it. They unite people around a common vision, and they grow networks to amplify their message and challenge society, institutions and elites to think and act differently. Often they bubble up outside formal institutions, but they can also come from within. They are often most successful when they nurture different voices and diverse interests and motivations.
We are looking for social movements that aim to improve health and care. This might include:
We are looking for groups or organisations that are in the early stages of developing a social movement to grow their influence and impact on health or care. You will already have some momentum, for example, you will have a clear vision of the change you want to achieve and why a social movement is needed. You will have started to mobilise a wider group of people, and may have already run a campaign, reframed an issue or attracted media attention.
We will be hosting a webinar on December 11 from 1-2pm to share information about the programme and answer questions.
We are also hosting briefing workshops across the UK in:
The workshops will be a chance to hear more about the programme, meet other movements and potential collaborators, and discuss your application with the programme team.
The first step is to submit an expression of interest form by December 21 at 10am. Proposals will be shortlisted and invited to attend a workshop in London to meet other applicants with shared ambitions on 28, 29 or 30 January 2019 before submitting a full application by February 18 2019. An Advisory Board of people with extensive experience of social movements will be involved in the selection process.
The programme will commence in April 2019 and end in the Spring/Summer of 2020.
The call for expressions of interest will close on Friday 21 December at 10am.
Grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 are available for up to 7 social movements. The grant period will be April 2019 to April 2020.
Grant offers will be made in March 2019 and the programme is expected to commence in April 2019.
The programme will offer:
The programme will be shaped by participants and respond to the needs of the selected social movements. Opportunities are likely to include:
To be considered, you must be:
Yes, anyone in the UK is eligible to apply.
We will work together with applicants to develop approaches to impact measurement which match goals that have been developed for the programme period - at both the level of individual movements and of the programme as a whole. Applicants will need to be committed to documenting their value and learning from the programme as well as measuring their impact through the course of the programme.
Currently there are no plans to run the Social Movement for Health programme again in the future. But if you have ideas for the future, please be touch at: [email protected].