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
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
Routine business or product development where there is no public benefit case for charitable funding
Degrees/degree level studies
Projects for beneficiaries outside the UK
Generic employability skills such as CV building or time management