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About the UCB Community Health 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. 

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 second Call for Projects

Six UK and Ireland organisations have been selected from 145 global applications to receive a total of around £238,000 (285,526 Euro) for projects that will tackle the medium- and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of vulnerable young people (15-24 years old). 

The successful applicants are: 

  • Centrepoint
  • Dublin City University Education Trust
  • Dublin Simon Community
  • Encephalitis Society
  • Thames Hospice
  • The Harlequins Foundation

Worldwide, the Community Health Fund's second Call for Projects is supporting 49 organisations with grants between 30,000 and 50,000 Euro to focus on improving the mental wellbeing of vulnerable young people. 

Successful applicants from first Call for Projects

A total of eight organisations – six charities and two universities – were 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 first successful applicants were:

  • 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.