A limited number of grants are available for charities, CICs and registered social and healthcare providers to pilot new innovations or service delivery.
Peter Sowerby Foundation
The Peter Sowerby Foundation was set up in 2011 through an endowment by Dr Peter Sowerby, who created the software behind EMIS, which supplies clinical software to GPs in the UK.
Objectives of Fund
The new £1.4 million Increasing Access Fund aims to ensure or increase access to key services and activities for beneficiaries who have struggled with access due to COVID-19.
The grants will support charities to digitally enable access to services, or to adapt their delivery of existing services to comply with social distancing or other COVID-response measures.
The fund is for organisations nationally working within the Foundation’s key domains:
Healthcare Innovation – Organisations in the fields of disability, medical research, mental health and those supporting individuals with long-term health conditions.
Community – Organisations working with young people, especially those considered disadvantaged, delivering support to those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and/or those working to support isolated older people.
Environment – Organisations working in the area of horticulture and conservation which have been significantly financially impacted by the closure of venues.
Arts – Organisations working in the area of arts, health and well-being where services and programmes are being adapted to benefit communities impacted by COVID-19.
There are three separate streams of funding:
To be eligible for the Digital Health Breakthrough grant, organisations should be working nationally in the fields of disability, medical research, mental health and those supporting individuals with long-term health conditions.
There are two stages:
Stage 1 - £100,000 is available for an initial open call to award 10 organisations a grant of up to £10,000 for R&D for digital service delivery.
Stage 2 - Five of these organisations will be awarded up to £100,000.
Who Can Apply
Applications will be accepted from charities, CICs and registered social and healthcare providers with a maximum turnover of £5 million.
Priority will be given to organisations which have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 situation. Those organisations with a substantial financial reserve are not precluded from applying, although they will need to make a significant case as to why the project they are seeking funding for cannot be funded through this reserve.
The following are not eligible for funding:
To promote research and development (R&D) and to provide capacity for organisations to truly make a transformative effect on health and social care, the Digital Breakthrough Grants Fund is split into two distinct stages:
£100,000 is available for an initial open call to award 10 organisations a grant of up to £10,000 for R&D for digital service delivery. This pot of strategic funding will provide organisations with both the capacity and investment needed to seek and understand innovative digital solutions. Funding should culminate in the scoping of new, transformative digital services to present to the Peter Sowerby Foundation Trustees. Pilot funds might be used to:
Undertake an audit of existing non-digital service delivery to identify key areas for digital investment/expansion.
Develop digital strategies.
Engage consultants to best support the development of digital service delivery.
Engage current beneficiaries to better understand their needs for digital service delivery.
Following review of initial proposals, the Trustees will fund five of these initiatives (with maximum funding available of £100,000). Applicants should be aware that grants might (at the Trustees discretion) be split as follows:
An initial payment for further development of digital service delivery, which might include some initial pilot delivery of activity.
A further payment for implementation and rollout of the programme.
How To Apply
All relevant documents are available from the Foundation's website.
The initial application form is due by 5pm on 16 November 2020, with decisions on initial awarding of grants to take place in January 2021. Successful applicants will then have three months to further develop their proposals.
Addresses and contacts
For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
Peter Sowerby Foundation
1 King William Street
Email: [email protected]