Cancer Community Partnership Fund

Grant Type Project costs - capital costs of under £5,000 may also be considered
Current status Open
Applications accepted from Social Enterprises? Yes
Maximum grant available There is collectively £300,000 of funding available over two years across Suffolk & NE Essex (SNEE) - applications for one or two years' funding will be considered.
Deadlines Decisions will be made on a regular basis from early December 2023. Next panel date TBC.

Brief Description

This funding has been made available by the Suffolk & NE Essex Integrated Care Board (SNEE ICB).
The purpose of the fund is to support the achievement of an increase in the proportion of those diagnosed with early-stage cancer (Stage 1 & 2)



This funding has been made available by the Suffolk & NE Essex Integrated Care Board (SNEE ICB).

The purpose of the fund is to support the achievement of an increase in the proportion of those diagnosed with early-stage cancer (Stage 1 & 2). There is collectively £300,000 of funding available over two years across Suffolk & NE Essex (SNEE) – applications for one or two years’ funding will be considered.

The way in which this is proposed to be achieved is through the following four indicators:

  • Increased uptake of National Screening Programmes
  • Improved awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer
  • Reduced health inequalities and improved access for Inclusion Health across SNEE as relating to earlier diagnosis
  • Personalised Care

One in two people in the UK will be told they have cancer at some point in their lives.

The NHS Long Term Plan aims to save thousands more lives each year by dramatically improving how cancer is diagnosed and treated – its ambition is that by 2028, an extra 55,000 people each year will survive for five years or more following their cancer diagnosis.

This will include improving national screening programmes, giving people faster access to diagnostic tests, investing in cutting edge treatments and technologies, and making sure more patients can quickly benefit from precise, highly personalised treatments as medical science advance.

Equally the NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering personalised health and care services, supporting people to have choice and control over the way their care is planned and delivered, based upon ‘what matters’ to them. Personalised care is fundamental to deliver the NHS cancer ambition.

However, a person’s health is determined by a complex interaction between individual characteristics, lifestyle and the physical, social and economic environment. Likewise, these factors impact significantly on a person’s ability to live well once they have a health or care concern.

The SNEE area is diverse in terms of rural and urban communities, with populations of varying socio-economic backgrounds and demographics. The diverse geography and population within SNEE creates the complex interaction of health determinates that require the local knowledge and expertise of the VCFSE sector to support the NHS in achieving Early Cancer Diagnosis.

The SNEE ICB Joint Forward Plan takes account of the key priorities of the Suffolk Transitional Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022 to 2023. This strategy was developed by considering the wider determinants of health using an asset-based approach by working in collaboration with others. A key priority of this is listening and engaging with local voices: residents and communities will become more involved in decisions that affect their lives, health and wellbeing as evidenced through the engagement undertaken on the Joint Forward Plan.

The SNEE ICB wants the local population supported by the Community Partnership Fund to be able to say:

  • I know when I’m due for my national screening appointment.
  • I know why it’s important to attend my national screening appointment.
  • I know how to arrange my national screening appointment.
  • I can access support through a range of sources (including face to face).
  • I have someone to help me navigate the system when I need it.
  • I know how and where to access information on early cancer signs and symptoms.
  • I can access services with reasonable adjustment when I need it.
  • I get the right support at the right time by the right service.
  • I understand my risk and symptoms, and I feel supported to manage my health and wellbeing.
  • The service I receive is based on person-centred care and “What Matters To Me”


  • All applications must be able to demonstrate that they will support and offer a solution that reflects and contributes to the overarching outcome of earlier diagnosis of cancer and be linked to one or more of the four indicators listed above.
  • Projects will need to demonstrate that they have a clear exit strategy.
  • Projects will need to demonstrate/encourage partnership working.
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA).

Personal Health Budget Allocation

  • A portion of the funding will also be allocated to people within SNEE who may benefit from a one-off Personal Health Budget, delivered by VCFSE partners, to provide one-off goods or services ensuring equitable access to cancer screening and/or diagnostic where inequalities presents a barrier.
  • One-off, small budget PHB’s are used to address health inequalities and disadvantaged individuals to achieve health outcomes that may previously have gone unmet. There is no legal right to have a PHB and each project will have a determining criteria for access.  A small budget one-off PHB could be considered, to meet health outcomes differently, where the goods or service cannot be provided through unpaid care or the voluntary sector or cannot be provided by them without this additional support.

Funding panel meetings will be held on a regular basis, the first one being held in early December 2023

Monitoring Requirements

Evidence will be required of:

  • Improved access to screening opportunities.
  • Increased knowledge and awareness of early cancer symptoms.
  • “Prevention of Cancer” education.
  • Promotion of the lived experiences of local people to better inform the development of local infrastructure by reducing inequalities.
  • Activities, case studies, events and workshops which improve early diagnosis and/or increase uptake of national screening programmes for cervical, breast and bowel cancer.
  • Improving the cancer journey.

Suffolk Based Organisations (excluding Waveney) may apply via Suffolk Community Foundation’s website.

Colchester Based Organisations may apply via [email protected] or by post to Community360, Winsley’s House, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1UG or by phoning 01206 505250.

Tendring Based Organisations may apply via [email protected] or by post to CVS Tendring, Imperial House, 20 – 22 Rosemary Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1NZ or by phoning 01255 425692.

For more information about the areas covered by SNEE ICB please go to the their website.

For information about the SNEE Cancer Strategy please visit Joint Forward Plan