As the UK Shared Prosperity Fund is being developed, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government are seeking to conduct User Research with people who have experience of applying for grants from UK Government funding schemes, as well as those who are likely to seek this type of funding in the future.
This will allow them to learn directly from your experiences and use these learnings to create a better service for users. Grant funding may be delivered to you through a Growth Hub, Local Enterprise Partnership, Local Authority or directly from a UK Government department such as MHCLG. Examples include the Local Growth Fund and the European Regional Development Fund. If you receive a grant but you’re not sure what funding scheme it falls under, that’s no problem.
The best way for them to learn about your views and experiences is to talk to you directly in a 1-hour, 1:1 interview session. The interview will cover topics such as:
- Your experiences (if any) of applying for grant funding in the past
- What has worked well when applying for and receiving funding, and what have been the challenges
- Your needs and expectations for funding projects in the future.
If you are interested in taking part, we ask you to first tell us a little about yourself by completing this short (under 5 minutes) survey: https://forms.office.com/r/8hNBTHtjTN
We will use the survey responses to select a sample of representative users to take part in the research. While we would like to speak to everyone who responds, it may not be possible if there are a large number of responses. If you consent, we may contact you about taking part in other User Research opportunities in the future.
For any questions about this work, please email FundingServiceDesign@communities.gov.uk