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  • Ufi Charitable Trust - VocTech Activate

    Created: 04/01/2024
    News/Events Category: Funding and Finance

    The VocTech Activate grant fund supports the development of new ideas that use digital tools and approaches to transform how people gain skills for work.

    They encourage ideas which have the potential to transform how vocational learning happens, rooted in a real-world understanding of the problems, issues and opportunities in the vocational sector. Projects will need to show how the idea is novel.

    Funding is to support for the development of early stage ideas, small scale testing, proof of concept work and the development of strategies to scale once Ufi funding has ended. This could include:

    • Design, development and prototyping
    • Refining learning design
    • Small scale testing with users
    • Planning a route to market & strategies for scaling
    • Project Management
    • Evidencing impact & what works

    Projects must focus on adult vocational learning in the UK (be aimed at adults aged 16+)

    Minimum award: £30,000

    Maximum award: £60,000

    Grants are for projects lasting up to 12 months.

    Who can apply

    Ufi funds projects involving charities, private companies, community interest companies and other not for profit organisations.


    • Core costs/general overheads of non-charities
    • Training places for individuals
    • Standard ‘content’ projects, for example a project purely to address coding or entrepreneurship skills
    • Basic digital skills – using Office, getting online
    • Schools
    • Routine business or product development where there is no public benefit case for charitable funding
    • Research projects
    • Degrees/degree level studies
    • Projects for beneficiaries outside the UK
    • Generic employability skills such as CV building or time management
    • Enterprise or entrepreneurship

    How to apply

    There is a two stage applications process. Stage One applications can be made online via the Ufi Charitable Trust website. Access to Stage 2 is by invitation only.

    The closing date for applications is Wednesday 31 January 2024.

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