Learning and Development Grants for Macmillan Professionals

Update - Grant Programme will be suspended for 2021

Due to the impact of Covid-19, Macmillan has made the difficult decision to suspend the grant programme for the whole of 2021.  This means that any applications must be submitted by the end of the day on 15/12 in order to be assessed before the end of the year.  If your application is approved, your course will be funded in the usual way, so please be assured that invoices submitted after you have attended will be paid.

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.  

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


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 

IDOX portal

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


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