Union Modernisation Fund

Round Two Projects Get Underway

The Union Modernisation Fund (UMF) is a Government grant scheme established by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), now the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR). It provides financial assistance to independent trade unions and their federations in support of innovative projects, which contribute to, or explore the potential for, a transformational change in the organisational effectiveness or efficiency of a union - in the light of the changing needs, aspirations and behaviour of workers and employers in the changing UK labour market.

By funding innovative modernisation projects, the UMF seeks to enhance the ability of trade unions to make a full and effective contribution to constructive employment relations and to the economy as a whole.

Round One of the UMF was launched on 15 July 2005. The winners were announced 21 March 2006. The interim evaluation report on Round One was published in September 2006 (see Related Documents).

Round Two was launched on 1 November 2006. The winners were announced on 11 September 2007, and the first projects are now commencing (see press release and Pat McFadden's speech under Related Documents).

UMF Case Studies

Case studies will be published on UMF projects as they complete. The aim is to share the good practice on offer with other unions who are encouraged to consider what they can learn from the experience of their colleagues. (see Union Modernisation Fund Case Studies under Related Links).