In April, Wellcome announced it was pausing its programme of public engagement funding to review and explore new ways to support public engagement activities in future. The new scheme incorporates the old streams with a rolling programme of submissions rather than deadlines. It will go live in January 2017.
Rachel Hillman who led the review for the Trust wrote: 'As well as supporting projects that directly engage the public, our new fund can support people, places and activities to progress engagement practice and build longer term capacity for meaningful public engagement. We no longer have application deadlines. We've created a rolling decision-making process so that you can apply when you're ready to and we can allocate funding more rapidly and more regularly. Our new scheme is open to projects from £5,000 to £3 million. Just apply for what you need and we will take it from there'¦ We're not reducing the funding available for public engagement activities, or the types of projects or communities that we fund. We're incredibly proud of the public engagement work we've already funded and we're committed to continuing and building on this support.'