Our phase two grantees
Phase 2 of the UKRI-funded Community Knowledge Fund supports 12 grassroots community groups and organisations to ‘turn great ideas into action’ with grants worth £50k to £100k.
Community safety and resilience
Centric Lab aims to provide support to grassroots community groups, prototyping ways to use scientific evidence to articulate the health-based injustices felt by many communities.
Centric Lab and Clean Air Southall & Hayes (CASH) joined forces in 2018 after they noticed a gap between health protection policies and lived experiences of people in their communities.
They are creating a toolkit for a justice-led Health Impact Assessment, working with communities to acknowledge the lived realities of marginalised communities to identify risks to communities’ health, wellbeing, and resilience.
Generations Working Together
Breaking down barriers through intergenerational dialogue to create resilient, safer communities that are safe to grow up and grow old in.
This project aimed to explore the impact of intergenerational relationships on perceived fear of crime, ageism, empathy, and social connections between people of all ages, through participatory research in Glasgow.
To create change through increasing knowledge and understanding of intersectional experiences of emergency and/or temporary accommodation (E/TA).
People living in E/TA are often treated as a homogenous group, leading to services that are neither safe nor effective and, in many cases, can be actively harmful.
Justlife conducted peer research in Brighton to access the knowledge held by the diverse E/TA community in an ethical, effective, and genuinely empowering way. The project co-developed a methodology best suited to carry out intersectionally-aware research on community experiences of E/TA. This research serves to better inform the necessary changes in service delivery for these initiatives.
Empower young people in Greater Manchester through effective digital skills training that leads to high-quality job opportunities.
The Covid-19 pandemic widened access to online and hybrid learning opportunities, but major national and regional initiatives have failed to increase the skills and, therefore, job prospects of Greater Manchester residents – particularly young people.
MadLab is developing a youth-led research centre to harness the skills and experiences of young people, and mobilise them to articulate and address the challenges they are facing through this system.
Environment and sustainability
Children in Wales
Children in Wales are empowering young peer researchers to investigate how climate change affects youth in terms of health, education, opportunities, and social lives.
Children in Wales is committed to prioritizing children’s perspectives and including them in their work, breaking down age and location barriers that prevent young people’s views and ideas from being heard.
Through the formation of forums centring young people’s voices, they are contributing to community research environment and sustainability issues.
Climates Hebrides CIC
Climates Hebrides CIC aim to support community involvement in climate change efforts within the Outer Hebrides, through interactive participatory mapping activities supported by creative practice.
The Outer Hebrides must adapt to increase resilience to the local impacts of climate change. This project addresses the need for climate adaptation planning through developing and trialling tools and approaches to strengthen the communities local knowledge base on climate impacts, to inform meaningful collaborative adaptation action.
It collaborates with diverse groups through strategic partnerships to amplify the project’s impact, driving climate-resilient actions informed by local perspectives.
Develop a sustainable model of energy generation and consumption in Mossley, encouraging community engagement and collaboration.
This research project explores the necessary shifts in knowledge and power to create a more sustainable energy model, which addresses the damaging effects of climate change.
Through workshops, and engagement with participants from local communities; including gardeners, councillors, engineers, and IT consultants, this project has gathered knowledge to increase engagement with environmental sustainability initiatives.
Homebaked Community Land Trust
Homebaked CLT aims to create a community-led and area-based retrofit programme, in partnership with local authorities, that addresses the lack of quality and affordability in housing.
Homebaked CLT was created by local people in response to the failures of top-down regeneration. Fuel poverty in their area is double the national average, with homes in the lowest 20% of domestic energy efficiency. They have worked with five community anchor organizations and have engaged locals through public-facing events, 1-1 conversations, and surveys to raise awareness of the benefits of retrofit.
To share knowledge and equip farmers to carry out further research to drive innovation, promote a transition to more sustainable agricultural practices, and provide vital evidence to support change at a policy level.
Landworkers’ Alliance is a community made up of farmers, growers and foresters across the UK. They share a vision for a better food and land-use system for everyone and are engaged in agroecological practices which are better for people and the planet. Agroecology is the application of ecological principles in farming; working to produce food, fuel and fibre in harmony with the environment and people. Agroecological practitioners stand at the forefront of building a sustainable food, fuel and fibre system. Within this community, small-scale research is already refining and advancing farmers’ methods, but is limited in scale. By pooling knowledge and equipping farmers to carry out further research, it is hoped that this project will support the development of agroecological practices and increase the rate of change at a policy level towards more sustainable farming practices.
Westcountry Rivers Trust
To upskill and empower communities to achieve clean and healthy waters by putting people and communities at the heart of citizen science, enabling them to identify specific outcomes they wish to see and create action to improve local water quality.
Climate change and drought is a serious concern across the South West, impacting the environment, community, and the economy. Public interest in water pollution has also intensified with media coverage of the issues. Westcountry Citizen Science Investigations (CSI) addresses shortfalls in Government-funded monitoring by empowering communities to collect data, track pollution and take action over poor water quality. This project puts the power in community hands, identifying key questions they want answered.
Address the ongoing impact of structural racism in Camden and Birmingham, aiming to support residents to play an active role in research and learning about their local areas.
This project showcases a new, evidence-based, innovative approach to identifying levers for systems-wide change at a place-based level. By working with older and younger generations to develop a shared, inter-generational understanding of the root causes of racial inequity, this initiative is highlighting and addressing issues and racial inequality to foster more inclusive and equitable communities.
Devon Community Foundation
Foster connections between local food producers and vulnerable residents in North Devon through community research. Address food insecurity, and empower the community to voice concerns, share ideas, and collaborate with food producers.
This project emerged in response to high rates of food insecurity in North Devon, to bridge the gap between the region’s food producers and locals.
Focusing on young rural residents and foodbank users, the project facilitates farm visits, interactive sessions, and cooking sessions to engage the community with local produce and address issues around food access and quality. Future expansion aims to increase impact across North Devon.