Health Inequalities Project Fund

What is the Health Inequalities Grant Scheme?

The Health Inequalities Grant Scheme aims to provide organisations the opportunity to develop a piece of work or intervention that improves the health of the community and reduce the health inequalities. 

Aims of the Fund

  • To develop a NEW piece of work that helps to address issues of an health inequality 
  • An opportunity to bring your knowledge of a community to inform a project
  • To work with others towards improving the health of that community

Health Inequalities

The health of people in Suffolk is generally better than the England average. However, because of health inequalities, life expectancy is 7.3 years lower for men and 4.3 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of Suffolk than in the least deprived areas. Differences in health status can be experienced by people grouped by a range of factors. There are four factors to assessing inequalities;

  • socioeconomic position e.g. income
  • protected characteristics e.g. characteristics that are protected by law for example disability, ethnicity, gender.  
  • disadvantaged group or population e.g. socially excluded groups, one example of this could be people experiencing homelessness
  • geography or place e.g. urban or rural areas

Unfortunately these factors can mean people encounter different experiences within the services that they use, including in terms of the quality of care they receive. The Health Inequalities Fund supports organisations to create interventions which could include a combination of the following, (that also addresses one or more of the factors above):

  • Physical factors e.g. detecting blood pressure 
  • Behaviours e.g. support to stop smoking
  • Psychosocial factors e.g. finding ways to manage loneliness
  • At particular points in an individual’s life e.g. mature people
  • Have an effect over different time periods e.g. now or in the future

Case Studies

  • 4YP have developed a sustainable school based youth work intervention targeting young people in north Ipswich experiencing low resilience, a model has been produced that can be delivered in other locations
  • Community Dental Services are working with partners to reduce oral health inequalities amongst rough sleepers in Suffolk
  • Suffolk Refugee Support are responding to a number of health and prevention inequalities within refugee communities including; lifestyle, sexual health and risk taking behaviours
  • The Befriending Scheme, through the ‘hello to health and happiness’ project are targeting those with learning disabilities to increase uptake of prevention health services and increase healthy lifestyle behaviour
  • Outreach Youth have been working with families of young people who identify as trans* or who are questioning their gender identity. The group provides both parents and carers and young people to support, share and discuss about things that are important to them. 
  • GYROS supported migrant workers in Waveney to access healthcare through a project that included making a work based film about wellbeing

Expectations from Public Health

  • The project must be a new approach to addressing a health inequality 
  • It must reflect a gap in a health issue
  • It is a project piece of work
  • This fund cannot fund core business and refund ongoing projects
  • You have consulted with the community before making your application

Useful Information

A list of useful information has been produced to help aid and enhance your application. We recommend you read through national and local priorities and have a look at our Healthy Suffolk pages to understand the current work that aims to reduce health inequalities. 



Health Inequalities Grant Scheme 2020-21

The Health Inequalities Grant for 2020-21 is currently being reviewed in light of the impact of COVID-19 on communities. Details will be uploaded shortly, please keep an eye on this webpage for further details of 2020-21 fund. 

If you would like to contact the Health Improvement Team about the Health Inequalities Grant Scheme please contact Public Health Suffolk

Other Funding Opportunities 

The process of applying for funding can be highly competitive, so time should be given to researching funders and speaking to them in advance to ensure the eligibility and feasibility of the project to the fund being considered.

National funds

  • Comic Relief
  • National Lottery Awards for All
  • The Tudor Trust
  • Garfield Weston Foundation

Local funds

Local Support

Suffolk County Council’s External Funding team works in partnership with a range of programmes and initiatives that support charities, businesses and community organisations. To find out more about the support offered for grants schemes, please visit Suffolk County Council’s Funding for charities, business and community organisations webpage

Page Reviewed: September 2020. Next Review November 2020.