Dresden Hardship Fund


Socially Excluded Grants

The grants programme for Socially Excluded Groups 2013/14 is now closed. However you may wish to read on and find out about the programme in preparation of the next round in 2014/15.

Certain groups within London’s population may be described as hard to reach or socially excluded. Whilst there is no simple definition for this group, they include individuals who are homeless, refugee and asylum seekers, victims of domestic abuse, offenders, sex workers, those of a sexual minority and those who are of black and minority ethnicities (BME). One of the charity’s priorities is to assist in addressing health inequalities in the communities served by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, so it is looking to support projects that work with the trust to improve the health of those whose voices are rarely heard and to enhance their experience and perception of the care they receive.

Am I eligible to apply?

We would welcome an application from you if you can demonstrate that your project aims to resolve difficulties and develop greater engagement, communication and access between socially excluded groups and health services. Your project should look to influence staff attitudes and improve knowledge of these groups and empower them to engage with their own healthcare. Projects must also show how learning will be measured, shared with the wider health community and how it is sustainable post charity funding.

How much can I apply for?

You can apply for any amount between £10,000 and £150,000 with no time limit on the duration of your project.

How do I apply?

There are two stages to the application process:

Stage 1: Expression of interest (EOI)

Please complete and return an expression of interest form If you have already applied, please refer to the timeline below for guidance on subsequent stages. All EOIs will be assessed and shortlisted by both the charity and senior representatives from across the trust. Those shortlisted will progress to Stage 2 and be invited to submit a full application.

Stage 2: Full application

If you are shortlisted for Stage 2, you will be contacted by the charity’s Grants Manager who will send you the relevant forms. Your application will then be assessed by the Charity’s Socially Excluded Group Grants Committee (SEGGC) which consists of representatives from both the trust and the wider health community. In addition, the SEGGC may invite you to present your application in person. The SEGGC will then make recommendations to the Charity’s board of trustees, who give the final decision on applications received at Stage 2.

Timeline for applications 2013/14

Please note these dates and times carefully as we will not consider late applications under any circumstances:

  • Deadline for submission of Stage 1 EOI forms: 5pm on Monday 9 December 2013
  • Successful applicants invited to Stage 2: week commencing 16 December 2013
  • Deadline for submission of Stage 2 full applications: 5pm on Thursday 30 January 2014
  • Applicants receive final decision: Tuesday 11 March 2014

Getting help with your application

There are guidance notes available to help you complete your EOI form. We strongly advise you to read these before submitting your application.

If you have any questions about the process or about the grants programme, please contact the charity at elizabeth.prescott@imperial.nhs.uk or call the Grants Manager on 0203 312 2060.

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