Grants for UK registered charities are available to support research projects aiming to improve understanding of the specific consumer harms experienced by diverse and disadvantaged communities and to develop evidence-based solutions to tackle these harms.
Consumer harm can take many forms, and can be difficult to spot, particularly in digital markets. In some circumstances, certain groups of consumers - for example, low-income households, women, people living with disabilities or health conditions, or members of diverse ethnic communities - might be exposed to more harm than other groups.
This funding will support research projects aiming to improve understanding of the specific consumer harms these communities experience, and develop evidence-based solutions.
The research projects should cover Which?'s four impact areas of money, consumer rights and protections, digital life and scams.
A total of £75,000 is available for 2021/22. There is no set minimum or maximum grant.
There is a two-stage application process:
- Stage 1 – applicants should email Linda Ogbenna to request a copy of the outline application. The deadline is 11:59 on 29 September 2021.
- Stage 2 – short listed applicants will automatically be sent a full application form by email.