Apply for Social Movements for Health Programme in UK!

Deadline: 21 December 2018

Applicants are invited to apply for expressions of interest for its “Social Movements for Health Programme” which is funded by Nesta and the Dunhill Medical Trust will support up to seven emerging social movements to grow their influence and impact on health and care.

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The programme will offer tailored funding, movement-building opportunities and connection to a social movement learning community.

Social movements for health emerge when people come together to promote or resist change in the experience of health or the systems that shape it. They unite people around a common vision and they grow networks to amplify their message and challenge society, institutions and elites to think and act differently. Often they bubble up outside formal institutions, but they can also come from within. They are often most successful when they nurture different voices and diverse interests and motivations.

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For this programme, they are looking for social movements that aim to improve health or care, for example by:

  • Improving people’s experiences of health, including with respect to a particular health condition
  • Improving people’s experiences of the delivery of health and care services
  • Addressing health inequalities, justice and rights issues
  • Addressing the wider determinants of health.


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The programme will offer:

  • Tailored funding: They will work with successful applicants during the early stages of the programme to agree objectives and milestones that can help each movement grow and make progress towards their longer term goals.
  • Movement-building opportunities: will be identified and provided by people with extensive experience of movement-building, such as framing, tactical development, network formation and engagement strategies.
  • Social movement learning community: The learning community will provide an opportunity to connect with like-minded people facing similar opportunities and challenges, share ideas as well as explore opportunities for collaborative working.

Eligibility Criteria

  • They are looking for groups or organisations that are in the early stages of developing a social movement to grow influence and impact on health, wellbeing or care. Applicants will already have some momentum, for example, applicant will have a clear vision of the change applicant want to achieve and why a movement is needed. Applicants will have started to mobilise a wider group of people, and may have already run a campaign, reframed an issue or attracted media attention.
  • To be considered, applicant must be:
    • Based in the UK
    • Involved in a social movement focused on improving health or care of people living in the UK (while they anticipate that some social movements will have global reach or aspirations, the primary focus of activity now should be in the UK)
    • Committed to actively taking part in the programme between Apr 2019 – Apr 2020, including training, workshops and events, as well as engaging in evaluation and reporting (Apr 2020 – Aug 2020) and ongoing learning.
    • Able to receive and process funds on behalf of the movement (through an existing organisation or dedicated bank account based in the UK)
    • Able to enter into an agreement with Nesta (as an individual representing an unincorporated or incorporated group).

How to Apply

Applicants can submit their expressions of interest via given website.

For more information, please visit

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