Public Health Accelerator Bids (PHAB)

Funding for new projects that deliver services to help everyone in Essex to live a healthy life and achieve their full potential


The Public Health Accelerator Bids (PHAB) programme will fund new projects that help people in Essex to live a healthy life.

The £7.5 million grant programme will run for three years.

PHAB will make a difference to the lives of many vulnerable residents across Essex. The programme focuses on closing the health inequalities experienced in the county.

The programme consists of two grants:

  • small grants of between £500 and £15,000. Applications open on Monday 4 September 2023
  • major grants from £15,000 with no upper limit. Round two of the expressions of interest opens on Monday 6 November 2023 and closes on Friday 1 December 2023.

Essex County Council reserve the right to cap the upper limit of funding dependent on availability to provide proportionate universalism at any time.

Read our guide to PHAB project approaches (5.24 MB)

For any enquiries about the programme, email

Find out more ways the local public health team are helping communities in the Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities business plan.

View the funding guidelines (PDF, 445.44 KB).

View the PHAB Programme terms and conditions (PDF, 137.19 KB).