Learning and Development Grants for Macmillan Professionals

Important Update

Macmillan will be undertaking a review of the grants programme in the autumn. As part of that process we have made the decision to suspend access to group grants after the July funding round closes on 15/07.  It will not be possible to submit group grant applications after this time. Please do look at the external funding portal, which you can access from your grant profile page if you wish to research other sources of funding.

Individual grant applications will continue to be accepted as usual. 

Notification of this change is included in the July issue of Macmail.


Macmillan recognises the importance of supporting the learning and development of both Macmillan professionals and the wider cancer workforce 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, in addition to the provision of courses, e-learning and coaching.  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.

Macmillan provides two grants for professionals with the aim of improving the lives of people living with cancer.

Individual Grants
To enable Macmillan professionals to access learning opportunities to support professional development in their role and their career progression. This grant can be used to pay for conferences and courses.

Group Grants
To provide bespoke learning for a group or team of cancer care professionals. Only the applicant needs to be a Macmillan professional. The grant can be used to cover the costs of facilitators and accommodation/catering for the programme. This grant cannot be used by a team to attend conferences and courses provided externally.

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L&D Grants Policy

Application Criteria: All Grants

Application Criteria: Individual Grants

Application Criteria: Group Grants


Read the Expenses Policy.

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