Apply for up to £13,500 to support the adoption of a proven innovation to target health inequalities across four areas: cardiovascular disease, mental health, high impact users and access inequalities (e.g. language, cultural, digital).

Grants will only be awarded to projects that can provide evidence of a previously successful pilot. The pilot for the intervention does not have to have been completed by the team or organisation applying for the fund.

Grants will be made to eligible organisations solely providing projects to beneficiaries who are residents of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

Please feel free to contact the team to discuss your idea by emailing or calling 01223 410535. More information on the supporting documents that we require can be found by visiting our How To Apply page.

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Who can apply?

Your organisation must be not-for-profit and be legally registered if your income is above £5,000.

In addition to the recognised organisation structures below:

  • Registeredexempt, and excepted charities (click for definitions) **including religious organisations if their project benefits the wider community and doesn’t include religious content.
  • Parish and Town Councils, Village Halls, and Parochial Church Councils
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) and Community Interest Companies (CICs)
  • Social Enterprises which have the Social Enterprise Mark
  • Co-Operatives and Community Benefit Societies (formerly Industrial and Provident Societies)
  • Schools
  • Sports clubs that are either Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs), affiliated with a National Governing Body such as Badminton England, or have an income under £5,000

This award is open to applications from public sector bodies and NHS organisations of any kind.

Educational establishments are also encouraged to use this prize within their curriculum

For full details about what type or organisations can and cannot apply please visit How To Apply on our website. Here you will also find guidance about what documents you need to submit with your application.

Who should your project support?

Applications are open to individuals, voluntary, charity or Social Enterprise organisations serving any population including but not limited to:

  • LGBTQ+ communities
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • People in contact with the judicial system
  • Homeless people and rough sleepers
  • People from the Armed Forces community
  • People with serious mental illness
  • People with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or neurodivergent people
  • Minority ethnic communities
  • People misusing drugs or alcohol
  • People who are more likely to develop long term health conditions due to social or economic circumstances
How will the awards be decided?

In order to receive an award a project must meet these criteria:

  1. Specification: Does the project meet one of the key objectives set out in the vision?
  2. Innovation: Whether the project introduces a new or original adaptive way of working to introduce a completely new approach to solving issue. We want to ensure here that these are proven innovations, i.e have had at least a successful pilot
  3. Understanding: Has the project team demonstrated a knowledge of the issue they are trying to resolve and how have they gained this knowledge?
  4. Impact: Whether the project will have a significant impact upon the target group in the context of the Health Inequalities Innovation Adoption Prize 2023 application.
  5. Quality: Is the project fit for purpose and has the project met any relevant safety, governance, security or other applicable standards.
  6. Growth Potential: Will additional funding ensure the project can be widened and adapted to support a wider range of people with a wider variety of digital exclusion needs.
  7. Sustainability: Is the project likely to have a realistic chance of continuing once the funding comes to an end.
What can the money be used (and not used) for?

These lists are not exhaustive but give an outline of acceptable spending. If you have doubts about your planned costs, please contact CCF.

What the grants can pay for:

  • Consultants or expert advice
  • Web, media or marketing materials for your project
  • Any activities beneficial to the development of your project
  • Materials for the manufacture of items related to your project
  • Staff costs associated specifically and exclusively with the project
  • Travel to and from Health Inequalities Challenge Prize events
  • Infrastructure crucial to the delivery or testing of your project such as tooling, internet subscriptions, etc

What the grants cannot pay for:

  • Organisational running costs, such as existing staffing, moving services online, installing or upgrading internet connectivity at your organisation’s office, or computers or mobile phones for staff
  • Wages for staff that is not at least the Real Living Wage
  • As additional top-up funds to an existing project already funded by a public sector body even indirectly
  • The continuation of business as usual for an organisation
  • Large scale infrastructure programmes such as installing community Wi-Fi
  • Activities or projects which have already taken place (i.e. Retrospective funding)
  • Sponsored events, fundraising activities, or grant-making activities or bodies
  • Improvements to land/buildings that are not open to the general public at convenient hours
  • Projects promoting political activities, lobbying for causes
  • The practice of religion or any projects that actively promote religion or particular belief systems (or indeed the lack of belief). This is because these activities could exclude people from accessing a project on religious grounds.
  • Animal welfare projects or overseas travel
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Statutory obligations i.e. activities that replace government funding
  • Projects with delivery or beneficiaries outside of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Anything already covered by core funding or otherwise already funded.

Who can apply?
Not-for-profit organisations (including exempt and excepted charities), healthcare organisations

Maximum grant

Eligible area
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough


1st August 2023

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