Apply for up to £3,000 for great ideas to tackle digital exclusion. The strongest idea after development will receive £10,000.

The Health Inequalities Challenge Prize 2022 has been created by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System. Its aim is to encourage local innovators to help tackle health and social care inequalities caused by digital exclusion amongst disadvantaged groups.

We’ve all become so aware of the importance of digital access. The impact digital exclusion is having on disadvantaged groups is huge, resulting in serious inequalities in health and social care. Tackling digital exclusion is vitally import for our communities…..and we want to help.

Do you have the germ of a brilliant idea? How would you tackle digital exclusion given a chance? 

We have money (£3,000 per idea) and expertise available to help you develop your idea – no matter how small or new!

AND if the idea is a brilliant one, we have an additional £10,000 to give to one lucky applicant to help see it through to reality!

Your idea could really make a difference to people now and form a blueprint for others to follow.

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

For more details about who can apply and what for see below. Please do contact the team to discuss your idea 01223 410 535.Once you are happy that you are able to apply please visit our How To Apply page to find out what you need to do.

Who can apply?

We are seeking the very best ideas from individuals as well as groups and organisations. If you are an individual with a great idea then we ask that you approach and work with an existing organisation that will help you to deliver your idea if you are successful. That organisation should be not-for-profit, be legally registered if their income is above £5,000 and they should complete the application form naming the individual who’s idea it is.

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.

What issues should your project address?

Your project must be designed to help people and solve at least one of the following issues:

  • Race and Ethnicity: Supporting people living in the Peterborough area who do not speak English to get online and access healthcare
  • Age/rural locations: Enabling Older people living in rural areas in and around Fenland to become digitally aware and be able to access their medical appointments
  • People with a Learning Disability: Upskill people with learning disabilities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to access digital healthcare
  • Mental Health: ensuring young people with severe mental health conditions in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are able to access digital healthcare
  • Homeless people: People sleeping rough or in insecure housing in Cambridge who do not have the means to access healthcare through digital solutions
  • Gypsy, Roma, Travellers: Supporting people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities to access healthcare through digital solutions anywhere in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
What are the judging criteria?

Projects are welcomed that will be judged against the following criteria to be selected as finalists:

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.

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 Challenge Prize 2022 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.

What happens if you are successful?

The eight successful applicants will receive an offer letter which must be signed and returned before the £3,000 awards are released.

Each recipient of an award will be allocated a project support officer from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System.

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will provide half a day of public engagement support to each recipient to ensure access to relevant communities.

The Project Support Officer will offer advice and guidance on the direction of the project to ensure the recipients have the best possible chance of success. They will support each recipient  to create project or development plans, budget sheets and social media content at key points throughout the 3 months mid-March to mid-June 2022.

This range of plans and key objectives will form part of a final submission and presentation to a panel of expert judges in July 2022. This will be followed by an Award Ceremony hosted by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Integrated Care System, either face to face or virtually, where the award of £10,000 will be announced.

More information

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Who can apply?
Not-for-profit organisations, individuals partnering with not-for-profit organisations

Maximum grant
stage 1 £3,000,   stage 2 £10,000 

Eligible area
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough


1st May 2022 (outcomes by end of August)

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