Fund to Help Tackle the Disability Employment Gap Launched (England, Scotland and Wales)

The latest in a range of government measures that aims to help more disabled people in the workplace. Funded by the Departments for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Health and Social Care (DHSC) and managed by the Work and Health Unit (WHU), the Challenge Fund will test new, innovative approaches that can help people experiencing mental health and/or musculoskeletal issues stay in work. The key objective is to find evidence of what works by testing approaches and ideas that have the potential to be scaled up in the future.

Applicants must demonstrate their Initiative will relate to one or more of the following areas:

  • Help people stay in work by increasing their ability to self-manage their conditions.
  • Help people access advice and support about what sort of work they might be capable of doing given their wider needs and circumstances.
  • Develop new approaches to help employers and individuals develop workplace solutions, or ways of working that facilitate greater participation of people experiencing these conditions.
  • Improve systems by joining up services to strengthen communication, liaison or joint action.

The minimum grant level is £50,000 and it is anticipated that around twenty Initiatives will be funded from this £4.2million Fund.

Applications are welcomed from employers, charities, social enterprises, local authorities, health bodies and others from across England, Scotland and Wales. Partnership and consortia bids are welcomed where there is one lead partner.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 17th August with projects anticipated to run between October 2018 and February 2020.

Useful Links:


WHU Challenge Fund Guidance

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