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GSK Health Inequalities programme

The GSK Health Inequalities programme is now closed for applications.

The GSK Health Inequalities programme is open to registered charities that are at least one year old, located and working in the UK, with a total annual income of between £20,000 and £150,000. Up to 15 charities will receive up to £10,000 in unrestricted funding and access to training and development valued at £2,700.

Health inequalities are avoidable and systematic differences that include access to care, quality and experience of care, life expectancy, and wider factors such as environment and housing. The alarming scale of these inequalities was exposed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We know that a huge amount of the work around tackling health inequalities is carried out by very small charities working in their communities. We also know it can be hard for these organisations to access unrestricted funding and support for their leaders. This is particularly true for organisations who themselves may experience disadvantage, such as those led by people from ethnic minority communities, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and others.

The GSK Health Inequalities programme will support aspirational leaders who want to develop their organisations. It is designed to run alongside the GSK IMPACT Awards and support the next generation of award winners. We know from our long history with the GSK IMPACT Awards that the combination of funding and leadership support can really help a charity realise its ambitions.

GSK and The King’s Fund actively encourage organisations to apply that are led by and support people from under-represented backgrounds, people from ethnic minority communities, people with disabilities and people from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge as we recognise that diversity makes us stronger.


Up to 15 organisations will receive up to £10,000. 

The leadership programme

Up to 15 places are available on an online leadership programme, valued at £2,700 a place. The programme will be delivered by The King’s Fund, and provide participants with the opportunity to develop their capability and confidence to lead both operationally and strategically. Taking part in the programme will require time and commitment, and it may not be right for everyone. 

This is what small charities said about a recent GSK/The King’s Fund funding and leadership programme:

‘It has been a game-changer for us. It came at a pivotal point in the organisation’s development and was so timely that it has accelerated our growth and confidence more than we ever could have dreamed.'

‘It is one of the best things I have ever done.'

‘The energy I gained from speaking to the other leaders will stay with me for a long time.’  

The focus of the leadership programme will be on supporting participants to reflect on and pay attention to how they present themselves as a leader, and what supports and gets in the way of them being effective and successful in their role. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of developing the skills, qualities and practices that enable leaders to build the relationships and hold the quality of conversations that enable them to achieve their personal and organisational aspirations and goals. 

Participants will co-create the content. There is an expectation that they will come with an openness and willingness to challenge their thinking, reflect on and develop their leadership practice and collaborate together to build a supportive learning community.

Further questions?

For further information on future funding opportunities please complete the form below. 


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