Small grant applications open for the £7.5m grant scheme to improve the health of Essex residents

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Essex organisations urged to apply for funding for projects which support people in the county to live a healthy life.

Organisations across Essex are urged to apply for a small grant for projects which support people in Essex to live a healthy life, with funding available to voluntary groups, charities, NHS bodies, councils, schools and more.

On 4th September 2023, Essex County Council  launched the small grants element of its new £7.5 million grant scheme, the Essex Public Health Accelerator Bids (PHAB) programme.

Organisations can now apply for a small grant between £500 and £15,000 to deliver innovative projects that improve the health of residents across Essex.

There is no deadline to submit a small grant application, however, this may change depending on the volume of applications received.

The major grants element of PHAB was launched during the summer, attracting exceptional interest from 75 organisations across Essex.

A number of these will now go through to submit a second stage application, leading to the first major grants being announced in early November.

The second round of the PHAB major grants scheme opens on Monday 6 November and closes on Friday 1 December.

Councillor John Spence, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care and ICS Integration, said: “I’m hugely excited about the PHAB programme and the innovative public health interventions which it will support. Improving people’s health and reducing health inequalities are vital to our plans to Level Up the county.

“There are grants of all sizes available to a wide range of organisations and we look forward to seeing the impact the successful bids will make to the lives of people living in Essex.”

Lucy Wightman, Director of Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities at Essex County Council, added: “Through PHAB, we are looking to support the communities in Essex with the worst health outcomes. Our aim is that projects will lay the foundations for achieving longer-term health outcomes that help everyone in Essex to live a healthy life and achieve their full potential.

“I would urge organisations in Essex to consider whether they can benefit from funding and, if so, submit an application.”

More information on the PHAB programme, including the links to the application forms, is available at: