Healthwatch Grants for local research projects

We are seeking grant applications from individuals and organisations (including voluntary sector, educational and non-government organisations) who would like help to fund projects looking into health and social care issues in West Berkshire.

The grants available range from £250-£2500, and are specifically reserved for research relating to vulnerable, hard-to-reach groups or where there is a health or social care issue that is problematic, or not working as it should. The research must be evidence based, with outcomes that can be used to highlight and develop suggestions for service improvement. The research can be (but not necessarily) conducted in collaboration with Healthwatch West Berkshire, and it can be a stand-alone project or part of an ongoing piece of work.

While we are always interested to hear about new issues, priority will be given to bids that reflect the Healthwatch West Berkshire 2016-17 work plan, which can be sent to you on request. Bids should not be used to fund projects surrounding privately-funded settings.

If your application is shortlisted, you may be asked to present your bid to members of the Healthwatch West Berkshire team and board as part of the final decision-making process.

If you are successful, we will collaboratively assign interim dates for progress reports dependent on the length of your research project. As part of the research process, successful applicants will be required to produce a report of their findings and consent to sharing the outcomes of the research with Healthwatch West Berkshire and Healthwatch England, as part of our commitment to improving services in the local area.

How to Apply

Click here for the application form (scroll past the letter)

Click here for guidance notes

Click here for successful applicants from 2016

Applications must be received by 12 noon Weds 8 March 2017 and be completed on the official application form.

Completed applications and any queries should be addressed FAO:

Amelia Hamblin
Development Officer
Healthwatch West Berkshire
First Floor, Broadway House
4-8 The Broadway
Newbury RG14 1BA


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