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Cancer & Inequalities Fund

The 10GM Cancer and Inequalities Grants Programme offers grants of up to £2,000 to VCSE organisations to deliver innovative projects to support improvements in early cancer diagnosis amongst people at higher risk of later-stage detection and diagnosis.

The Cancer and Inequalities Fund will invest in projects which reduce inequalities across the cancer pathway, especially for those in often underserved and marginalised communities. The fund will focus on innovations and programmes which support early diagnosis. Early diagnosis is often the key to successfully treating cancer. It can make treatment more simple and less invasive and results in 55,000 additional lives saved each year.

The Cancer and Inequalities Fund is managed by Salford CVS, on behalf of 10GM. 

The deadline to apply for a grant from this fund has now passed. Applications received after the deadlines will not be considered.

Funded by Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance, small grants of up to £2,000 were available through 10GM to support projects that can improve early diagnosis rates in cancer. The NHS Long-term Plan sets ambitious targets for cancer diagnosis stating that ‘By 2028, 75% of people with cancer will be diagnosed at an early stage (stage 1 or 2).’ Currently, in Greater Manchester, this rate is around 55% highlighting the need for more to be done to improve early diagnosis rates. 

All projects must demonstrate how the proposed activity will support improvements in Early diagnosis for their community through:


Targeted signs and symptoms awareness


Improving access to appropriate, effective and timely healthcare


Educate & empower communities.

To achieve this the grant funds have specific guidance and criteria that must be met. The guidance and terms and conditions should be carefully reviewed ahead of application to the fund.

Please take note of the deadlines for applications and the meet-the-funder sessions coming up.

Applications received after the deadlines will not be considered.


The deadline to apply for a small grant was 8pm, Sunday 26 November 2023

Decisions are expected in mid-December 2023. 
All projects must be completed by 31 March 2024. 

Terms & Conditions

Terms and conditions of the Cancer and Inequalities Fund are available.

Please read this document thoroughly and ensure your board or management committee agrees to proceed with the application.

Frequently asked questions 

Yes, we're not expecting organisations to be cancer experts. Training and support will be available. Please refer to the guidance for more information. 

Yes, although your project will need to be in Greater Manchester for Greater Manchester residents.

Yes. This fund can be used as match funding for other local grants with similar purposes.

It can support existing work as long as you meet the fund criteria.

What support is available to applicants?

If you’d like to talk through your project idea or find out more about this fund please contact: Kirsty Rowlinson-Groves, Strategic Lead – Cancer and Inequalities at 10GM. Email: [email protected].

Find out more about work going on to improve cancer awareness and increase the uptake of cancer screening across Greater Manchester.
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Cancer & Inequalities Programme

10GM is working in collaboration with GM Cancer, partners from across the wider health system and the wider VCSE sector to achieve a permanent reduction in inequalities and inequity within Greater Manchester. We're working towards finding innovative ways of tackling inequalities by addressing the social, environmental, and economic determinants of health and wellbeing, and ensuring active VCSE participation and parity in strategic work to enhance equality, equity and wellbeing.

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Answer Cancer

Answer Cancer is a partnership working to improve cancer awareness and increase the uptake of cancer screening across Greater Manchester. We do so via grants, delivering cancer screening awareness sessions, supporting a network of Cancer Champions, and providing training.

Answer Cancer is delivered by Salford CVS, on behalf of 10GM.

Page last reviewed: 27 November 2023.

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