Read the guidance notes and find out how to apply here.
Since 2015, QNIS has funded and operated the Catalysts for Change programme.
While a diverse range of projects across Scotland have been supported, they all share the following characteristics:
- Led by community nurses whose ideas and actions are the driving force;
- United by a commitment to prevent or mitigate health inequalities, while improving the health and wellbeing of marginalised people;
- Able to use modest resources (up to £5,000) effectively to make a difference in a relatively short time; and,
- Keen to work with local groups to build alliances and allow the project’s good work to continue.
Since 2019, The National Lottery Community Fund has become QNIS’ funding and operational partner in the Catalysts for Change programme. They are bringing community groups and community nurses together in mutually supportive and beneficial ways.
As with so much of Scottish life, the Catalysts for Change programme had to pause its work in late March because of COVID-19. We are delighted to announce that proposals for a new round of grants are now open.
COVID-19 has exposed and magnified the inequities in our society. Catalysts for Change grants of up to £5,000 are available to help community nurses in Scotland, with local partners, develop initiatives designed to prevent, reduce, or overcome health inequalities.
These projects might directly address community responses to COVID-19 – such as psychological trauma (toxic stress) made worse by the pandemic – or they could incorporate any nurse-led initiative to improve health equity.
Grant awards will be announced in December 2020, with projects expected to begin prior to April 2021.
Read about the 11 successful projects from 2019/20 here.