Today, as the country celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Big Lottery Fund is launching a new project that will focus on strategies for independent living and a greater voice for disabled people. Research for Impact: Disabled People will offer a single grant of £5 million to deliver a project across the UK.
The grant will be awarded to a lead organisation, working in partnership with others, over the next five years with the aim of building better evidence on approaches that enable disabled people to live independently, to improve policy and make practical improvements to people’s lives.
Organisations that do not have the capacity to be a lead partner but are interested in being part of the programme could still be involved by emailing their details to us. To find out what information and details we need, please read the Question and Answers pdf at the bottom of the Research for Impact webpage.
While the lead partner will have a managing and co-ordinating role, we would expect that the project will be developed by all the partners involved, so that disabled people from all parts of the UK will be shaping the project from the start.
Disabled people will be at the centre of the research process, designing the research, taking part in fieldwork, communicating findings and promoting follow up action.
Disabled people will set the research agenda. This primary research will explore the key concerns, focusing on the extent that disabled people are able to live independently and their ideas on how change might be brought about. Practical ideas for change will then be tested out in pilot projects.
Research, pilot projects and communication activities will take place in all four countries of the UK.
Full details of the programme and the application process are available here.