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About the Fund

The UCB Community Health Fund was launched in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation, aims to address health disparities amongst vulnerable populations.

Currently the focus is on contributing to understand and reduce the medium- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable populations’ physical, mental, and social well-being.

How to contribute

- online donations are currently possible for Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany,
   Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the US 
- for other countries and for other payment methods for all countries please refer to the 
   attached document.

                                                                                 More countries will be rolled up gradually.

 

 
 
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Second call for projects

The second call for projects closed on July 15th. The projects chosen by the regional selection committees will be announced in November.

The second Call for Projects aims to understand and reduce the medium- and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of vulnerable young people (15-24 years old).

Concretely, we intend to support programs and services with a focus on young people from the most vulnerable communities including racial and ethnic minorities, refugees and asylum seekers, those with disabilities and certain health conditions, and those who are socio-economically disadvantaged.

The coronavirus pandemic and the unprecedented measures that were taken to contain its spread disrupt nearly every aspect of young people’s lives: health, social interactions, ability to study and work, financial resources, food insecurity and their protection from violence and abuse.

Through this Call for Projects, we want to dedicate resources to support the mental health of vulnerable young people in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in the communities where UCB operates . More specifically, we will provide funding to organizations that design, implement and evaluate impact-driven projects and initiatives to improve the mental health of young people from the most vulnerable communities This may include projects and initiatives that aim to address one or more intervention areas.

This Call for Projects targeted existing programs and services, as well as new projects and initiatives, outside of UCB’s therapeutic areas and within the geographic areas where UCB has an office which address the medium- and long-term needs of vulnerable young people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be used within 12 months upon award of funding.

 

 

Our Mission


COVID-19 represents the most severe public health crisis and the deepest economic downturn of the modern era. The pandemic has revealed challenges in health systems and economies around the world. These challenges will have the greatest impact on those most vulnerable in society.

The UCB Community Health Fund supports vulnerable people facing economic and health disadvantage across communities in which UCB has an office. As a global fund, it helps vulnerable people such as racial and ethnic minorities, children, older people, socio-economically disadvantaged persons, un(der)insured, or those with certain medical conditions not related to therapeutic areas nor assets of UCB. Members of these vulnerable populations often have health conditions that are exacerbated by inadequate access to healthcare resources.

As a company with a strong purpose and dedication to create value for patients, now and into the future we know that through our strategic choices and daily business we can contribute the most to improve the health of people with severe diseases, including those from vulnerable groups. With the UCB Community Health Fund we want to start addressing important issues that are outside of our business scope.

Our Mission
Our funding priorities: Research and Support

Our funding priorities: Research and Support

To start, the Fund will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health of vulnerable populations. The Fund, in line with the World Health Organization, takes a broad view of health which encompasses physical, mental, and social well-being.

It will focus on two pillars:

Support

Grants are available to design, implement, and evaluate impact-driven projects and initiatives to improve the health of vulnerable groups.

Research (every two years)

Grants are available to pursue cutting-edge social science and/or medical research outside of UCB therapeutic areas regarding the consequences of hazards and emergencies on vulnerable populations’ health.

Funding impact

The UCB Community Health Fund takes a long-term view, going beyond the current COVID-19 pandemic. Successful applications for support will aim to have a lasting positive impact. The funding will build and strengthen relationships between UCB, communities, and stakeholders.

UCB will regularly communicate on the results of projects and research funded and, as much as possible, on the impact generated.

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How UCB Community Health Fund works
 

How it works

With an initial contribution from UCB of €3 million (approximately $3 million), the Fund will actively raise money to support vulnerable populations across the immediate communities in which our company has an office.

The voluntary financial contributions of UCB employees and others will be matched by the company.

The Fund will publish Calls for Projects that address the needs of specific vulnerable groups. An independent selection committee will assist in the selection of projects and award funding. The selection committee for each call will be selected by a management committee – working on a pro bono basis – which is composed of representatives from UCB, the King Baudouin Foundation, and an independent chair who is supported by a general secretary.

 

Together with the King Baudouin Foundation

The fund will be managed by the King Baudouin Foundation, an independent, foundation based in Brussels, Belgium. It seeks to change society for the better and invests in inspiring projects and individuals. For many years, the Foundation has supported projects and initiatives in Belgium and internationally.

King Baudouin Foundation

How can I contribute?

We call upon everyone’s generosity to contribute to the Fund. If you wish to submit your contribution, please follow the instructions by country.

  • online donations are currently possible for Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the US.
  • for other countries, and for other payment methods for all countries, please refer to the attached document.

More countries will be rolled up gradually.

Country contribution
 

UCB's actions during COVID-19

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