Learning and Development Grants for Macmillan Professionals

Update - Covid19 (20th August 2020)

Requirement for induction completion reinstated, please read messages below

As a result of the current situation many providers are cancelling their events and some of you are having to cancel your grants as you will not be able to get to the events you have booked to attend.  

While some events continue to be cancelled, others are beginning to run again.  So, while we are continuing to accept grant applications for events that are delivered online, we can now advise that we will also accept applications for face to face events that start on or after 1st October.

Please note that we are keeping this under review and may change this advice in the future.

Existing Applications

Where you have an application that is already approved, please check with the provider that it is still happening.  If it is, and you are able to attend, please do so if you wish.  If it's being cancelled or postponed and/or you are not able to attend, please cancel your place and let us know so we can cancel your grant application.  Your application will be returned to you, so you may resubmit it if the event runs again at a future date. 

Please email educationgrants@macmillan.org.uk quoting your grant reference number so we can do this for you.

New Applications

Where you are looking to apply for a new event, please check with the provider that the event is taking place before you apply, and that your line manager has agreed that you can attend. Please do not submit a grant applications without doing this.  

Criteria for completion of induction

You must meet all criteria before applying for a grant; all details are in the policy. Induction is a key part, an interim online induction for all new Macmillan Professionals is now in operation, you will be sent a link when you join. If you have not received this link within a few weeks of your welcome letter or you have been awaiting information since you joined please email ServiceOpsSupport@macmillan.org.uk 

This criteria will be applied for applications submitted from 16th August 2020 for the September panel.

IDOX portal

Please note that although the portal still exists on our page, it is currently suspended.

Important Update - Group Grants

Group grants will continue to be suspended for 2020. If you are looking for funding for an activity that may have been supported via a group grant,  please do look at the external funding portal, which you can access from your grant profile page where you can research other sources of funding.

Individual grant applications will continue to be accepted as usual. 


Macmillan recognises the importance of supporting the learning and development of Macmillan professionals with the aim of improving the lives of people living with cancer.

The provision of L&D grants is one of the ways we promote access to learning for Macmillan Professionals, in addition to the provision of courses and digital learning.  The grants programme has been designed to enable you to access programmes that Macmillan does not provide directly that will enhance your professional,  service and career development.

Please note that grants may not be used for learning which is a mandatory, legal or core requirement of your role. It is your employer’s responsibility to provide this.  For example, clinical supervision cannot be provided through a Macmillan L&D Grant.

All grants are funded solely by charitable donations. Please ensure your application represents effective and efficient use of these funds.

If you are unsure whether the learning you wish to apply for is mandatory or a core requirement, please speak to your local Macmillan Learning and Development team before you apply.


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L&D Grants Policy

Application Criteria: General

Additional Application Criteria: Individual Grants



Read the Expenses Policy. Updated January 2020 so please check as changes have been made since you may have applied for your grant.

Submitting an Application

Decision Making



An evaluation will be undertaken with you 3 months after completion of your learning. You are required to complete this evaluation as a condition of the grant being approved. In some cases this will include the provision of a case study, which may be published on LearnZone to illustrate the impact of the learning undertaken. Please note that further grant applications will not be considered until the evaluation has been completed and approved within the required timeframe. The approval of other grant applications made in the interim period may also be withdrawn.

Approvals and Declines

We want to support you in submitting the best grant application you can, ensuring the greatest chance of having your learning and development supported by Macmillan.

We currently decline over 20% of applications, and we need your help in reducing that number. The main reasons we decline applications are:


Support with your application

For help with the application process, e.g. if you encounter any technical issues when completing the online form