Making the most of Kickstart and Moving On

Learners using computers © Jess Hurd/

Kickstart and Moving On funding can be used to support a wide range of workplace learning activities. Read on for some ideas…

The criteria

Funding can be used for supporting member learning, for example, by

  • hiring a venue
  • supplying refreshments
  • purchasing books for a reading group
  • providing IT resources
  • contributing to the development of a course
  • buying equipment for a learning centre

Funding can’t be used for…

  • tutor costs
  • activist training

UNISON reps and organisers have used funding from the Inclusive Learning Project to support all sorts of creative learning activities.

For example, Jacquie Olpin from Mansfield branch used Kickstart funding to pay for ingredients and recipe cards for a series of healthy eating workshops, with over 200 taking part.

And she used Moving On funding to pay for furniture for a reading room in the Council’s Civic Centre. It included a sofa, bookshelves, coffee tables, and lots off books. The room is well used and staff love the quiet space to relax at lunchtime and pick up a book.

How to apply for funding

Martin Russo, Inclusive Learning Project manager, explains the process of applying for Kickstart and Moving On funding in this short video.

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