Health Inequalities Project Fund

The Health Inequalities Project Fund 2018/19 is now closed.  Please check back for details of  when the fund will reopen.

We are pleased to announce the organisations who have been successful in applying for the 2018/19 fund are as follows:

  • 4YP are building a sustainable school based youth work intervention targeting young people in north Ipswich experiencing low resilience to develop a model 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

For any communications about the fund please contact the Health Improvement Team at

Aims of the fund

The aim of the health inequalities project fund is to provide third sector organisations (see eligibility) with:

  • To develop a NEW piece of work that helps to address issues of health inequality (see what a healthy inequality is below)

  • An opportunity to bring their knowledge of a community to that work

  • To work with others towards improving the health of that community

There are many ways of intervening to reduce the impact of health inequalities:

  • Enable people to live longer, and healthier lives by improving health outcomes and reducing morbidity (unhealthy state of an individual) and mortality levels.

Interventions can be made at different levels of risk which could be a combination of the following:

  • 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

Expectations from us of your application:

  • 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

We recommend you read through the Health Inequalities Project Fund webpage first to enhance your application. 

This webpage contains information on health Inequalities, eligibility to apply, detail on the criteria, how to apply, key dates, examples of previously funded projects and useful documents on health inequalities. 

Application form

What is health inequality?

Our health is determined by our genetics, our lifestyle, the healthcare we received and the wider determinants of health for example where we live and our employment situation. Health inequalities are ‘avoidable and unfair differences in health between groups of people or communities’ (Public Health England, 2017). 

There are four dimensions to assessing inequalities; socioeconomic position, protected characteristics, disadvantaged group or population and geography or place (Public Health England, 2018).

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 (Public Health England, 2018).

As well as national priorities, the type of health inequalities work in Suffolk is shaped by several factors:

Application details and key dates 2018 -19 NOW CLOSED

The fund is available to projects of between 1-3 years in length who are looking for awards of between £1,000 - £10,000 per year.

  • The fund is open for applications from 30th September 2018

  • Support for new applications closes on 30th November 2018

  • The final deadline for application paperwork is 14th December 2018

  • The panel will make a decision on successful awards on 30th January 2019

  • Applicants will be notified of outcomes 1st – 8th February 2019

  • Planning for delivery of your project runs 1st – 31st March 2019

  • Delivery of projects starts April 2019

Eligibility (minimum standards)

To be eligible to apply for the fund your organisation must have sufficient infrastructure in place to manage funds and be able to deliver on the project. This includes being able to share:

  • Recognised governing body document e.g. constitution or memorandum

  • Annual accounts for your organisation

  • A bank account in the organisations name that requires two signatures for all withdrawals. In addition, all signatories must be unrelated and live at different addresses

  • Relevant policies (health and safety, equality and diversity). If you are working with children and/or vulnerable people you must have a safeguarding policy in place and staff have been through the appropriate checks

  • You must have a management committee with at least three members


Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate that the project:

  • Is based on evidence of a significant health need in the community e.g. by using research, health needs assessments, a local strategy, public health data

  • Has clearly outlined aims, objectives, outcomes and a timescale

  • Has a plan to demonstrate impact and change to measure success

  • Has a track record in understanding the audience the project is planning to work with

  • Has taken account of other work and partnerships in the area the project is seeking to work in

  • Can become sustainable and could be delivered at scale e.g. to many more in the population 

Key Documents

Previously funded health inequalities projects

Here are two examples of previous projects and the impact that the work has had on the health of the communities they worked with:

Ipswich Community Media

ICM worked with migrant communities in Ipswich on a health literacy project during English language classes. Summary of project. 

"ICM worked with migrant communities in Ipswich on a health literacy project during English language classes. This project gave us the great opportunity to help our learners to learn English whilst gaining the knowledge they need to take care of their health and to interact with the healthcare system" ICM. 


GYROS supported migrant workers in Waveney to access healthcare through a project that included making a work based film about wellbeing. Summary of project.

“The project enabled us to support our clients with accessing health services and raise awareness about mental as well as physical health” GYROS. 



Useful links and documents to support work on health inequalities

Local resources to support health inequalities work 

Public Health England information on health inequalities

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) - guidance for work with communities on health inequalities

Tools to support developing and delivering health inequalities work

Examples of other funding opportunities suitable for health inequalities work

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

  • The Henry Smith Charity

  • Suffolk Community Foundation

  • Community Action Suffolk (CAS) (see link below) offer access to a service called Funding4 Suffolk.  VCCS organisations need to be a member of CAS.

  • Funding Central is free for small organisations with an income under £100,000 per annum.

Contact us on Maggie Mclinden ( 01473 264989)