Grants of up to £50,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations set up or run by leaders with first-hand experience of a social issue to ensure lived experience plays a key role in shaping how communities across the UK move towards recovery and renewal after the impact of COVID-19.
Building on the 2019 Leaders with Lived Experience Pilot Programme, the 2020 programme aims to support lived experience leadership as the UK moves through the COVID-19 crisis. The impact of COVID-19 provides an opportunity to help lived experience to play a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal.
The funding is for up to two years and enables organisations to focus either on the immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis, or helping communities recover and renew after the impact of COVID-19, or both.
The funding is for projects which meet the Fund's priorities:
- Lived experience leadership can be central in developing strategies for the renewal of civil society through and beyond the COVID-19 crisis.
- Supporting and developing lived experience leadership at all levels of an organisation.
- Creating new opportunities for lived experience leaders and lived experience-led organisations to be central to any COVID-19 recovery and renewal response.
NLCF defines the term ‘lived experience leader’ as ‘someone who uses their first-hand experience of a social issue to create positive change for communities and people who share those experiences (and works with them to do that)’.
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.