Health plan provider Simplyhealth is offering a number of grants each worth up to £40,000 to small to medium sized charities working to support access to healthcare professionals for disadvantaged adults and children throughout the UK.
Simplyhealth is working with digital platform whatCharity.com, which is providing the application template for grant seekers and matching Simplyhealth with charities.
Charities that already have a profile listing on whatCharity.com are required to complete a short supplementary questionnaire in order to apply.
The bid process began on 19 September with a deadline of Sunday 6 October 2016. Winners are expected to be announced in November. Around 30 applicants are likely to make the shortlist. All charities registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales can have a profile on the whatCharity site.
Basic profiles using Charity Commission data are free, while there is a tiered monthly subscription fee for premium profiles, which are necessary for a charity to be eligible for whatCharity’s matchmaking service.
Sarah Greenaway, Head of Community Impact, Simplyhealth said:
“We want to work with charity partners that are clearly aligned with our products and services and can help people who are less able to access these services, thus removing barriers to healthcare for disadvantaged groups. We want to work with charities who can clearly demonstrate the difference they make through good impact reporting and a clear project proposal.”
“In addition to the grants we are offering through whatCharity, we will consider further contributions from charities in this process if we receive innovative proposals that really bring our goal of ‘improving access to healthcare’ to life. This is a great opportunity to use a new and efficient distribution model to match Simplyhealth with grant seekers nationwide.”
Tiia Sammallahti, CEO whatCharity.com:
“When we launched whatCharity.com we talked to charities and grant makers nationwide and our survey in 2018 showed that one of their main complaints was that the submission process for grants was generally flawed. They described it as too slow and cumbersome and many felt it was not a level playing field for the medium and smaller organisations.”
“We are streamlining the process and making evaluation of charities comparable. For charities, having a completed well-maintained profile on our site is already half of the process to all grants and volunteering campaigns we will be doing with companies and foundations.”
For further information about the grant programme, visit the whatCharity.com website.