Grants available from £500-£1500


We recognise the incredible contribution by small voluntary and community groups in responding to health inequalities in Essex, and the need to help these types of projects further.

The Mid and South Essex ICS are delighted to announce a new microgrant programme which will support projects or initiatives which address health inequalities and the wider determinants of health within your local area.

Health inequalities refers to differences in the care that people receive and the opportunities that they have to lead healthy lives.

Health inequalities grants could therefore be focused on reducing differences in:

  • health status, for example, life expectancy
  • access to care, for example, availability of given services
  • quality and experience of care, for example, levels of patient satisfaction
  • behavioural risks to health, for example, smoking rates
  • wider determinants of health, for example, quality of housing, employment, environment, training and education
  • They could also be focused on supporting individuals or groups that may experience poorer health outcomes due to:
  • socio-economic factors, for example, income, level of deprivation
  • geography, for example, region or whether urban or rural
  • specific characteristics including those protected in law, such as sex, ethnicity or disability
  • socially excluded groups, for example, people experiencing homelessness


Finer Details:

Grant amount

£500 – £1,500

Who can apply

Any small-scale Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise Sector organisations who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community are eligible to apply for funding, annual income must be under £100k per year.

Time frame

Applications open on 31st October 2022 and will be offered on a rolling basis until 31st March 2023 or until all funds are spent. The panel will aim to meet on a regular basis to make decisions on applications and therefore you are encouraged to get your applications in as soon as possible


All grant spend must take place between November 2022 and October 2023 

How to Apply

Your application will then be reviewed at a panel which takes place once a month, if successful you will be notified, and the grant awarded.

Monitoring required 3 months after project start and on completion of project

If you would like to access support to complete your application, please contact:

Click here to download : Criteria