23 Jul 2018
The fund is the latest in a range of government measures that are part of a 10-year strategy which aims to see 1 million more disabled people in work by 2027.
The Work and Health Unit (WHU), which is jointly managed by the
Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and
Social Care, is using a £4.2m Challenge Fund to test new approaches
that can help people experiencing mental health and/or
musculoskeletal (MSK) issues stay in work.
The fund is the latest in a range of government measures that
are part of a 10-year strategy which aims to see 1 million more
disabled people in work by 2027.
The scheme is looking to fund around twenty Initiatives which
will improve understanding of what works in one or more of the
- Helping people stay in work by increasing their ability to
self-manage their conditions.
- Helping people access advice and support about what sort of
work they might be capable of doing given their wider needs and
- Developing new approaches to help employers and individuals
develop workplace solutions, or ways of working that facilitate
greater participation of people experiencing these conditions.
- Improving systems by joining up services to strengthen
communication, liaison or joint action.
Applications are welcomed from employers, charities, social
enterprises, local authorities, health bodies and others from
across England, Scotland and Wales.
The deadline for receipt of Challenge Fund applications is
Friday 17th August at 17.00.
Projects are anticipated to run between October 2018 and
To apply to the WHU Challenge Fund, you will first need to register your
organisation. From here you can access the
Challenge Fund Guidance and
FAQs, the online application form and further
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