VocTech Challenge Grant Fund

Applications open on 29 June 2021

Key information

Grant status: In preparation

Application open date: Applications will open on 29 June 2021.

Application close date: Applications will close on 29 July 2021, 5pm GMT.

Purpose of the fund:

This call is for projects that address the VocTech Challenge.

How can VocTech address barriers and build bridges to create a step-change in learner confidence and motivation, leading to better outcomes for the learner, for the employer and for society as a whole? 

This Challenge is focused on adults impacted by the digital divide and furthest away from learning so they can gain the confidence they need to get the skills they need for work.

How much funding is available?

An initial £10k grant is available for the Define phase (both project types), followed by:

Ufi VocTech Activate – Grants of between £15k - £50k to test early stage ideas.

Ufi VocTech Impact – Grants of up to £150k for VocTech solutions which can deliver benefit to a large number of learners.

What's different:

For this funding call Ufi is adopting a new approach. Please make sure you read the detailed fund guidelines carefully so that you can understand how this is different from previous funding calls.

See below for the full fund criteria and guidance. You can also download the detailed fund guidelines.

***Grant Workshops***

To help you prepare your application we are running a series of workshops to introduce the fund and help ensure it is right for you.

Applicants who attend one of our workshops are much more likely to be successful.

Select the dates to the right to find out more and secure your place.

All workshops take place online.

Grant Funding Call Workshops
Hear more about what we are looking for and ask any questions you might have. The virtual workshop also offers the opportunity for networking and small group discussions about your ideas with members of the Ufi team and other applicants.

Exploring the Challenge Workshops
Join the Ufi team for a series of expert panel discussions on designing and developing projects for people who are furthest away from vocational learning and for whom confidence and motivation are barriers to learning.

Wondering if your project is a good fit for the fund?

Find out if you match the criteria before you apply using our simple Eligibility Checker.

Thinking of applying?

The links below provide an introduction to the fund, explain how to apply and outline the fund criteria and background information.

Shaping your application

To support your application we have gathered some background resources, tips for applying and Frequently Asked Questions.


General resources