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We are welcoming applications from Q Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for our new ongoing funding programme, Supporting Q Connections.

This programme is offering grants of up to £20,000 for activities focused on supporting continued collaborative working at a time of intensified system pressure. We’re interested in funding activities that help members to build and strengthen their networks across the improvement landscape, and share and apply learning.

This funding round is a pilot for this programme, and is open to Special Interest Groups. We are aiming to open the programme again, as an ongoing opportunity for a wider group, from Summer 2022.

Proposals should focus on one or more of the following areas of interest:

  • Activities that support applied peer learning (eg funding for Communities of Practice or Action Learning Sets).
  • Events, such as workshops and webinars, that build understanding of and engagement in Special Interest Groups.
  • Network analysis to further develop Special Interest Groups.
  • Activities and capacity for a more detailed diagnosis of what needs the SIG has, to strengthen network design, and to develop skills to evolve the group.
  • To fund one or more convenor roles. For example, to make the activities above possible and sustain the SIG.

Applicants will need to provide a clear rationale for the activities and methods chosen and demonstrate how these will lead to tangible outputs or meaningful outcomes that benefit the Q community.

We will accept applications in a variety of formats, including video and infographic. Full details and guidance on how to apply, and what to include in the application, can be found in the application guidance.

Workshops

To help develop your ideas together, and support you with the application process, we will be hosting two workshops. The first will help you to identify areas of Special Interest Group activity that this funding could support. The second workshop will encourage you to share ideas with each other to develop your applications.

These workshops will be beneficial to anyone considering applying.

Timeline

  • The first workshop, to identify areas or problems to address, will be on Tuesday 11 January 2022, 12.00 – 13.30. Register here.
  • The second workshop, a peer support workshop to develop the ideas, will be held on Thursday 10 February 2022, 12.00 – 13.30. Register here. 
  • The closing date for applications is Monday 28 February 2022, 12.00.
  • This programme will be opening again in Summer 2022.

Please send any further questions or completed applications through to Q@health.org.uk.