Health Research Grant Programme

31st October 2023

Essex Community Foundation (ECF) and Suffolk Community Foundation are working with Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (SNEE ICS), to fund voluntary and community organisations to be Community Research Champions.

There is £75,000 in grants available across Suffolk & North East Essex from the ‘Community Voices in Health Research Grant Programme’ to support core or project costs.  

To be eligible to apply to ECF, charities and community groups must be working in Colchester or Tendring. 

Grants of up to £5,000 per organisation are available to enable positive engagement with the communities you work with, and to support your staff and/or volunteers to become Community Research Champions. You can apply as a single organisation or as a partnership of several organisations. If you do apply as a partnership, you can request funding of more than £5,000 in total, but the application is subject to a maximum of £5,000 per organisation. 

Things you might wish to include in your application are:  

  • Staff or volunteer time or expenses that will include participating in the mandatory ‘Be Part of Research’ training; contributing to the project evaluation being led by Suffolk and Essex Healthwatch; and joining a peer network to share learning  
  • Delivery of activities where conversations can be held with your communities to gather insight around the barriers and challenges to participating in research  
  • Communications activities to promote engagement  
  • Incentives to encourage individuals to engage 

Funding can support new or existing activities and must be spent by 31 March 2024. Please note, training is likely to take place during January – March 2024. More information about the programme, including criteria and grant requirements can be found here.

The deadline for applications has now closed.  If you need funding, please contact our grants team on 01245 355947, email or use our web chat.