The target group for this project are Black people of working age (up to 65), living in Lambeth, with one or more of the 32 LTCs identified by GSTC.

Systems change is about reforming or removing barriers that make it difficult for Black people to thrive.
Systems change can be small or large-scale and Interventions can take place in various forms, including:
  • Influencing policy and practices to change the rules and ways of working that disadvantage Black people.
  • Building new relationships to ensure knowledge, expertise and resources are shared to avoid organisations working in silos.
  • Changing the way power and resources are shared between decision-makers and their staff, volunteers, and service users.
  • Shifting narratives and societal attitudes around how race and disability affect employment, as well as how our expectations of what people can, and cannot do, influences the outcomes we seek.
There are many ways to create systems change. Interventions do not have to be complex, for them to be impactful. We seek to fund projects that contribute to changing the system to improve employment outcomes for Black people with LTCs. For a more detailed understanding of systems change, please refer to the FSG report the Water of Systems Change, which Black Thrive uses to inform our work.

We know that the global COVID-19 pandemic may effect the delivery of services and projects. We will take this into account when reviewing funding applications and we are happy to fund innovative projects which use digital technologies and other means to engage with participants when face to face communication is not possible.

If you are successful in your application, we will to support you should COVID negatively impact your ability to deliver your project. We will aim to be as flexible as possible with project adjustments and reporting requirements.

We will fund projects up to £50,000 that run for up to 12 months. However, we recognise that some projects may require more, if you would like to apply for more money, please contact us directly on For information on how much you can apply for as an individual or organisation, please see Table 1.  

Yes. We accept applications from individuals over the age of 18. We will not accept applications from individual applicants working with adults who are vulnerable or at risk.

Yes. We accept and strongly encourage applications for projects which include the lived experience of Black people with long-term conditions in their design. 

Yes. You can apply for the fund if you are currently receiving benefits. However, if your application is successful, you must inform your jobcentre plus advisor, as this is likely to affect your benefits payments. If you need advice about the impact that receiving grant funding could have on your benefits payments, please contact jobcentre plus.  

We will not reconsider applications for projects which we have previously considered and turned down unless we’ve explicitly invited you to re-submit your proposal. You may re-apply with a new project at any time. 

We can only accept one application from an individual, group or organisation at any one time – and you can only hold one grant under the fund at any one time. If you have submitted a successful application, received the funding and delivered the project, you can apply again with a new idea. However, we will prioritise projects from applicants whom we have not yet funded. 

We will be distributing project-based grants on a full-cost recovery basis. This means that funding is restricted to the aims and delivery of a specific and distinct piece of work. Full-cost recovery means securing funding for all of the costs involved in running the project.

The deadline to submit your application for Round 2 is 11:59 pm on Sunday 28th March 2021.

The Black Thrive Employment Project wants to understand what works and we need you to collect data that will help us to build the evidence base for the types of initiatives that enable Black people with long-term conditions to access employment and thrive in their roles. The type of data you collect will be tailored to your project and agreed with the Black Thrive team. We might ask you to keep a record of attendance, the number of people who find employment, stories from people who have accessed your project or initiative, responses to wellbeing questionnaires etc.  

In addition, grantees will typically produce reports at 6 months and at the end of the project. Small grants under £10,000 may only require one final report. We also require all successful grantees to attend at least one Group Grantee Reflective Session to feedback their progress to the community. We will provide guidelines on the information we would like you to include in any reports. 

If your application is unsuccessful, you will be contacted via email. We aim to provide feedback to all applicants, however, depending on how many applications we receive this may not be possible. You may be explicitly invited to re-submit your proposal for a later funding round. For particularly strong, but unsuccessful applications, we may seek to connect you with individuals and other organisations who may be able to help you to develop your idea so that it has a higher chance of being successful in future funding rounds. 

Get in touch with and we can provide guidance on specific elements of the application

We will work hard to assess all applications as quickly as possible, in consultation with our Employment Working Group. We will contact everyone who applies to round 2 by 19th April with a decision. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a short interview with the Black Thrive team, on either the 8th, 9th or 12th of April, for us to find out more information about your idea and to help us to decide if your idea will be funded. 

The Black Thrive facilitation team will assess all applications for grant funding and draw up a long-list for the Employment Working Group. The working group will make the ultimate decision about which projects get funding based on their assessment of how well the application meets the essential and desirable criteria set out in essential and desirable criteria they have agreed. As a partner in this programme, Walcot Foundation is providing grantmaking administrative support but is not involved in the decision-making process.

Yes, but you will need to make clear how your project will specifically benefit Black people with long-term conditions in Lambeth and how you will be able to make or use local networks.

If you are an unincorporated organisation or group, you can consider applying for money as an individual. However, this is capped at £2,000. If you wish to apply for more than this, you will need to find a sponsor organisation that is willing to host you and the grant. Your host organisation must meet the Minimum Requirements (see Table 1) needed to access the amount of funding you require. 

Yes. We welcome applications from coalitions or partnerships of organisations. You will need to nominate a lead contact for the project and give their details on the application form. You must also provide information on all the partners involved in the ‘Organisation Background and Aims’  section of the application form.


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