Programme Design Workshop

Leaders with Lived Experience Pilot Programme

Programme Design Workshop

Leaders with Lived Experience is a pilot programme providing National Lottery grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 to support lived experience leadership. A lived experience leader is someone who uses their first-hand experience of a social issue to create positive change for, and with, communities and people they share those experiences with. At this stage we expect to award between 15-20 grants.

Area
UK-wide
Suitable for
Voluntary or community organisations set up or run by leaders with lived experience
Funding size
£20,000 to £50,000
Application deadline

5pm, 25th February 2019

Who can apply?

Please read this Easy Read version of the guidance

You can apply if your organisation:

  • Was set up by a lived experience leader and/or
  • Is run by lived experience leaders and/or
  • Has a leadership that reflects those you seek to support

And is also one of these:

  • a voluntary or community organisation
  • a registered charity
  • a constituted group or club
  • a not-for-profit company or community interest company
  • a social enterprise

We cannot accept applications from:

  • individuals
  • sole traders
  • companies that are aimed at generating profits primarily for private distribution
  • organisations based outside the UK
  • applications made by one organisation on behalf of another
  • a school
  • a statutory body (including town, parish and community councils).

If you don’t meet the application criteria, check for other funding programmes you might be eligible for.

What are we looking for in your application?

Your application must meet at least one of our three funding priorities

Our priorities are to:

  • pilot and learn about different ways we can develop leaders with lived experience
  • support work to change the way lived experience is viewed and valued in decision making
  • encourage innovative examples of how to develop lived experience at all levels of an organisation

The types of proposals we might get include:

  • leadership programmes or schemes related to developing leadership, such as mentoring, training or coaching
  • ways to embed lived experience leadership within an organisation so that the organisation can become more sustainable, e.g. improving governance/decision making structures, succession planning, support packages for wellbeing
  • challenging and championing meaningful ways to embed lived experience leadership in service design and delivery
  • projects bringing lived experience expertise to a theme, location, service or sector where it is underrepresented

Your project or activity is led by people with lived experience

It’s important to us that all the organisations funded through this programme are led by lived experience leaders. We want people with lived experience to be at the forefront of the design, development and delivery of the activities they are planning.

For example, a lived experience leader could be:

  • someone who has been homeless who is working to improve homelessness services
  • a person with HIV who has set up and is running a peer-to-peer support service for other people with HIV
  • a person who has lost a loved one to suicide sets up and runs a support group for others who have lost someone to suicide.

A lived experience leader would not be:

  • a non-disabled person who has volunteered with disabled people, and wants to set up a disability charity
  • a parent/carer of someone with HIV who has set up a support group for people with HIV
  • a middle-class person who is running a working-class mentoring scheme.
What you can spend the money on?

We can fund a wide range of items for up to two years. Below are some examples of these. This list is not exclusive, so you should contact us if you’re unsure.

We can fund:

  • equipment (e.g. office equipment)
  • one-off events
  • staff costs
  • training costs
  • transport
  • utilities/running costs
  • volunteer expenses

We can’t fund:

  • statutory activities
  • contingency costs, loans, endowments or interest
  • electricity generation and feed-in tariff payments
  • paying someone else to write your application
  • political or religious activities
  • profit-making/fundraising activities
  • recoverable VAT
  • alcohol
  • building purchase or refurbishment – also known as capital funding (if you require capital funding some of our other funding programmes can support this; you should contact us if you would like to discuss).
What we need to know

This application process will have two stages:

First stage:

About your project

You need to tell us:

  • the name of your project
  • where your project will take place
  • all the costs involved in your project
  • whether your project targets a specific group of people and, if so, who?

What you want to do

You’ll have the opportunity to tell us what you want to use the funding for. You can do this in writing or by filming a short video.

We will consider two key areas when making a decision on your application:

1. Whether you meet at least one of our funding priorities, which are to:

  • pilot and learn about different ways we can develop leaders with lived experience
  • support work to change the way lived experience is viewed and valued in decision making
  • encourage innovative examples of how you can develop lived experience at all levels of an organisation

2. Whether your organisation is led by lived experience leaders.

Second stage:

The Big Lottery Fund gives out money that has been raised by players of the National Lottery. For this reason, we have rules about what information we need in order to fund you. We won’t ask you to provide the below financial and legal information in the first stage of the application process. If you are successful in the first stage then we will ask you for this information in the second stage. Once we have received and checked this information fits with our requirements you will receive the funding.

These details are required in order to receive any funding from the Big Lottery Fund, and lots of other funders. It is worth ensuring that you have this information or begin to work towards having this information to help you progress through this process.

Details we will need

Contact details

We need the information below for two unconnected people from your organisation, one of whom will be the legally responsible contact for any grant awarded. By ‘unconnected’ we mean not related by blood or marriage, in a long-term relationship, or living together at the same address.

  • full name
  • Address/telephone number or email
  • date of birth.

Organisation details

  • Organisation type (e.g., charity, community interest company, social enterprise)
  • Your organisation’s full legal name, address and postcode.

Accounting details

To be eligible for funding you need to produce annual accounts, or have set up your organisation less than 15 months ago and not yet produced them. We will need to know:

  • your accounting year end date
  • total annual income.

Bank statement

To be eligible for funding you need to have a UK bank account in the name of your organisation.

If you get through the first stage, you’ll need to send us a copy of a recent (within the last three months) bank statement from your organisation. It must show your:

  • organisation’s legal name
  • address the statements are sent to
  • bank name
  • account number and sort code
  • date

See more detailed guidance on what we look for on your bank statements (PDF, 600KB)

Apply

If you are successful in the first stage of funding, we’ll be in touch to find out some more information about your organisation. Once we have received this information, we will conduct our checks and will be able to inform you about whether you are successful or not.

We are keen to support small organisations. To achieve this, we'll consider your organisation's income as part of our overall decision.

We aim to let you know our final decisions by the end of April 2019.

Apply by email

Download the application form (DOCX 121 KB)

Checks

As an organisation that gives out public funds, we carry out some checks on the information you provide us. Learn more about our checks.

Get in touch

If you need more information, advice or support in completing your application (or need the application materials in an alternative format) please contact us at livedexperience@biglotteryfund.org.uk or call our advice team on 0345 4 10 20 30.

Text relay users, please use 18001 plus 0345 4 10 20 30.

We’d also love to hear your feedback on how you found the experience of applying.

Application questions to be answered via word document or video. Video applications may be accompanied by a budget table and contact details. Videos must be no longer than six minutes and word documents no longer than four pages of A4.

1) What is the name of your organisation (if you have a charity number please provide it)?

2) What role does lived experience play in your organisation?

We are only interested in organisations that:

  • were set up by a lived experience leader and/or
  • are run by lived experience leaders and/or
  • whose leadership reflects those they seek to support

We are interested in the way that lived experience informs the work you do, and we want to know how it is embedded in your project and/or organisation. We understand that lived experience provides valuable insights and knowledge for positive change. We don’t need to know the details of your own personal history, or story.

3) What do you want to do and how do your project activities fit with one or more of the programme priorities?

The three funding priorities are to:

  • pilot and learn about different ways we can develop leaders with lived experience
  • support work to change the way lived experience is viewed and valued in decision making
  • encourage innovative examples of how to develop lived experience at all levels of an organisation

We’d like to hear about your project proposal, what you want to do, how you’re going to do it, and what you will achieve at the end of the project.

We imagine the types of proposals we will get might include:

  • leadership programmes or schemes such as peer support, mentoring, training or coaching
  • ways to embed lived experience leadership within an organisation so that it can become more sustainable, e.g. succession planning, support packages for wellbeing, improving governance structures
  • challenging and championing the best ways to embed lived experience leadership in service design and delivery
  • projects bringing lived experience expertise to a theme, location, service or sector where this hasn’t been the case before

4) Where in the UK will your project be working?

Please list every area you will be delivering this work. You can list by local authority or geographical area or town/city e.g. Staffordshire or West Midlands or Lichfield.

5) Please tell us the costs you would like us to fund

Item or activity

Cost

e.e. Office equipment

£1,000

e.e. Staffing costs

£25,000

Total

£

You should use budget headings, rather than a detailed list of items.

For example, if you're applying for pens, pencils, paper and envelopes, using 'office supplies' is fine.

6) Who does your project aim to support

e.g. people/communities who have experienced homelessness, addiction, a health issue

7) Who is the person leading on your application?

  • Name :
  • Contact email:
  • Telephone number:

Please submit your application to livedexperience@biglotteryfund.org.uk

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