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Welcome to UCB in the United Kingdom

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 represents the most severe public health crisis and the deepest economic downturn of the modern era. The pandemic has revealed challenges in health systems and economies around the world. These challenges will have the greatest impact on those most vulnerable in society.

The UCB Community Health Fund exists to support vulnerable people facing economic and health disadvantage across the communities in which we operate.

About the Fund

The UCB Community Health Fund is a 3 million Euro global fund established to help vulnerable people such as racial and ethnic minorities, children, older people, socio-economically disadvantaged persons, or those with certain medical conditions not related to our therapeutic areas or assets.

Members of these vulnerable populations often have health conditions that are exacerbated by inadequate access to healthcare resources and the Fund aims to address these health disparities. Initially the focus will be on contributing to understanding and reducing the medium- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable populations’ physical, mental, and social wellbeing.

The Fund is managed by the King Baudouin Foundation, an independent foundation based in Brussels, Belgium. It seeks to change society for the better and invests in inspiring projects and individuals.

Got questions about the Community Health Fund? Find out more.

Our funding priorities: Research and Support

The Fund focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health - physical, mental, and social wellbeing – of vulnerable populations taking a long-term view, beyond the current pandemic. Applications for funding should aim to have a lasting, positive impact.

Grants are available in two areas – Research and Support.


Grants are available to pursue cutting-edge social science and/or medical research outside of UCB’s therapeutic areas regarding the consequences of hazards and emergencies, like COVID-19, on vulnerable populations’ health.


Grants are available to design, implement, and evaluate impact-driven projects and initiatives to improve the health of vulnerable groups impacted by COVID-19.

How it works

The Fund will publish Calls for Projects that address the needs of specific vulnerable groups. An independent jury will assist in the selection of projects and award funding. The jury for each call will be selected by a management committee – working on a pro bono basis – which is composed of representatives from UCB, the King Baudouin Foundation, and an independent chair who is supported by a general secretary.


Successful applicants from first Call for Projects announced

Eight UK organisations benefit from UCB’s global Community Health Fund

A total of eight organisations – six charities and two universities – have been selected from 213 applications to the UCB Community Health Fund to benefit from almost £400,000 (456,561 Euro) to support young people (15-24 year-olds) impacted by COVID-19.

The successful UK applicants are:

  • Ayrshire Cancer Support

  • Disability Sports Coach

  • Harmless CIC

  • Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University

  • RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

  • The Dash Charity

  • TR14ers Community Dance Charity Limited

  • Venture Trust

Worldwide, 44 support projects and six research projects, across five continents, were awarded grants totalling 2,440,000 Euro in the first Call for Projects. Find out more about the global projects awarded grants.

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The second Call for Projects is expected to be launched this Spring aimed at a different target population.