GRANTS available for communities


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Communities Against Cancer is a project to help people reduce their risk of cancer, be aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer, and seek help at an earlier stage.

Funded by Wessex Cancer Alliance, the project aims to benefit people who are less likely to know how to look after their health or are less able to do so. You don’t need to be knowledgeable about cancer to apply for a grant, as we will provide Cancer Champion training.

We are offering grants of up to £700 to help organisations and individuals join us in this mission.

The project is focused on the Isle of Wight, urban south Hampshire, and south Dorset. If your organisation works in or near these areas then we would love to hear your ideas of how you can help your community improve their cancer-related health outcomes. See the map at the link below, and contact us if you’re not sure whether you’re in a qualifying area.

Communities Against Cancer – maps of primary focus areas

Small grants

We’re offering small grants of £50 to £700 for groups and individuals who want to carry out activities in their own community that will raise people’s awareness and knowledge about cancer.

Examples of activities we have recently supported include:

  • A series of exercise and well-being sessions for severely isolated people
  • Raising awareness of cancer prevention and screening through a regular board game session
  • A health awareness day for people with various medical and support needs
  • Getting cancer information to people in football, darts, and pool teams

Please see the guidance notes and application form below for more details of what we are looking for. Remember, the aim of Communities Against Cancer is to help people reduce their risk of cancer, be aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer, and seek help at an earlier stage.

Application deadline: Thurs 31 Oct and then the last working day of each month, up to Fri 28 Feb 2020

Guidance for small grant applications
Small grants application form

If you have any queries about applying for a grant, please email Kevin Sawers or call 01962 857358

Training and development

Our project co-ordinator, Claire Vincent, is organising ‘Cancer Champion’ training events for people who’d like to learn more about cancer.

We’ll expect people getting a grant to attend one of these sessions, but places can also be offered to anyone who is interested in finding out more. If you’d like to attend a session please email Claire or call her on 07801 379671.

There is more information and news about the project and cancer issues generally on our website.