THET is pleased to announce an amendment to the call for applications for Start Up grants.

The grants form part of the Health Partnership Scheme (HPS) which is a six-year programme that funds health partnerships to carry out training and capacity-building projects in low-income countries. The Scheme is funded by the UK Department for International Development and managed by THET.

This funding opportunity is to facilitate the development of new Health Partnerships, including the completion of needs assessments and the development of project plans. It is a category of support open to those with limited global health experience but who are well placed to expand UK health sector engagement in development cooperation through volunteering and partnership engagement. All those considering applying should carefully read the eligibility and funding criteria contained in the Grant Overview as these differ from previous grant streams.

Funding Available

£3,000 - £7,000 for up to nine months

Core Eligibility

The core requirements for Start Up grants are:

  • Applications must be made by eligible institutions (see Grant Overview)
  • Partnerships must be operating within low- or middle-income countries
  • A representative from the UK Partner must have attended an “Introduction to Partnerships” webinar (see Grant Overview)
  • Applicants must show demonstrable commitment to forming a Partnership
  • A needs assessment must be completed by the end of the funding period (if not already in place)
  • A formal or informal MOU is strongly recommended as part of the activities


How to apply

Download the Grant Overview and Grant Application Form

The first “Introduction to Partnerships” webinar will take place on 21st January 2015 at 12pm. Sign up details will be available on the HPS website early in the New Year.

The call for applications will then be open between 22nd January and 8th March 2015.

Application forms should be completed collaboratively and submitted along with letters of support to

A second webinar and call for applications will take place from April 2015.

Review & Award Process:

Applications will be reviewed by the HPS team against the eligibility criteria and grant requirements listed in the overview and applicants will be informed of the outcome within four weeks of the application deadline.