Funding innovation and research to build brighter futures for local communities
Our funding priorities are health & wellbeing, employment & skills, financial inclusion & resilience. We fund research to better understand issues and/or to create opportunities for policy advocacy.
We also fund delivery projects that are innovative – projects that have a ‘test and learn’ approach – creating new solutions to ongoing issues.
If you’re a member of Fusion21 and are looking for match funding to support innovation or research projects that focus on employment & skills, health & wellbeing, financial inclusion & resilience get in touch.Get In Touch
Our Key Partners
Working with partner organisations whose values and ambitions align with ours, we can achieve even more incredible outcomes for your local communities.
Why we do it
Your community is unique and full of incredible potential. Our Foundation is a natural extension of our procurement partnerships, as it helps you raise aspirations even higher through co-funding projects that drive positive changes into the heart of your community.
How it works
We invest in innovative projects that result in life-changing outcomes for the people around you. We work with like-minded organisations to support activities such as research, policy development, and test and learn approaches.
"Fusion21 have been an incredibly supportive and flexible funder, working closely with Clarion Futures to achieve the objectives of our programmes and share the impact of our work. Their commitment to backing and harnessing innovation has been a breath of fresh air and we have been able to work in partnership with the foundation to test new approaches to community challenges.
Fusion21 is playing an increasingly strategic role in supporting the housing sector to create communities that thrive. Through investing in innovation and programmes that bring housing associations together to prototype ways of tackling some of the greatest societal challenges - such as the cost of living, an ageing society and the youth housing crisis - Fusion21 have become a key player in looking to the future of housing."
“Fusion21 Foundation’s commitment to community investment is very highly regarded within Guinness. We have worked closely with the Foundation on projects supporting our communities in Manchester and London, helping people access both the basic things they need for babies and young children as well as opportunities to get into work or training.
Beyond their direct work with us, Fusion21 plays a major role across the social housing sector, supporting investment in communities across the country. Without our partnership with Fusion21 the level of impact we are able to have through our joint projects would be significantly reduced.”
“HACT has benefitted not only from Fusion21’s financial support, but also from its strategic understanding of the role housing associations play in supporting their residents and local communities. We have a close working relationship with Fusion21 that is exceptional, enabling us to accelerate the support we provide to housing associations, for the ultimate benefit of their residents.
Fusion 21 are at the cutting edge of funding social innovation. They are truly collaborative and value the relationships they build with organisations like HACT. Their strategic investment in sector-wide initiatives ensures that they have long-lasting impact in communities across the UK.”
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any further questions or are a Fusion21 member and would like to find out more, please contact us.
How can I apply for funding?
At the Fusion21 Foundation, we take a pro-active approach to grant making. As such, only invited applications will be considered. We like to collaborate directly with our members (i.e. the public sector organisations who use our procurement services) to understand the need in their communities. This helps us to spot opportunities to co-fund projects that support our priorities. Sometimes those projects are directly commissioned from organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. If you are a Fusion21 member and wish to find out more, please contact us.
What types of projects do you fund?
Our funding priorities are health & wellbeing, employment & skills, financial inclusion & resilience. We fund research to better understand issues and/or to create opportunities for policy advocacy. We also fund delivery projects that are innovative – projects that have a ‘test and learn’ approach – creating new solutions to ongoing issues.
How much grant funding is available for each project?
Each funded project is unique – we consider the number of beneficiaries and the scale of impact within each proposal. We particularly like to work in partnership, with multiple organisations and funders wherever possible. We are keen to support large scale, high impact programmes – so would not actively seek projects under £20K in total value. The level of impact and match funding available is a key consideration for us in terms of the level of grant funding we commit. If you are a Fusion21 member and wish to find out more, please contact us.
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Fusion21 Foundation, a charity with Company Registration Number: 7998339, Charity Registration Number: 1164818, whose registered office is at Unit 2 Puma Court, Kings Business Park, Knowsley, L34 1PJ.