2023 Submissions open for Icon Oncology social grants.
Icon Oncology is proud to announce that applications are now open for its 2023 Social Grants Programme. Building on the success of the programme launched in 2022, the initiative is aimed at growing opportunities in the oncology and supporting services sector.
The grants of up to R50 000 per successful application are open to individuals, small businesses or NGOs focused on initiatives that are aligned to BBBEE principles.
According to Bev Sebastian, who heads up the SED committee at Icon Oncology, the social investment programme delivered excellent outcomes last year with several initiatives receiving funding to help them scale operations.
These included Tymeless Necessity Hair, a small female led BBEE company in Johannesburg received a grant to train two wig manufacturers. The skills development grant helped with the practical tools and training to learn how to make high-quality wigs for cancer patients. Tymeless Necessity Hair is also a partner of the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) providing wigs for patients who cannot afford these.
In the Eastern Cape a CANSA volunteer, Sister Lynn England received a grant to assist with Lymphedema management of uninsured patients. This very necessary service helped thirteen breast cancer patients to manage manual lymph draining, which reduces swelling and improves quality of life.
A special grant also enabled six uninsured patients with radical breast cancer to receive life-saving treatment at Icon Radiotherapy units in Kwazulu Natal. The patients were selected and referred by the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. Icon Oncology also provided transport to ensure the patients could complete their treatment.
Sebastian explains that; “To qualify for consideration a successful candidate must present a compelling case aligned to Icon Oncology’s purpose, which is to provide cancer patients the opportunity to lead healthier lives.”
“This is an ideal opportunity for start-ups, smaller NGOs, and even academics who can make a tangible impact in the lives of cancer patients,” says Sebastian.
Since its inception Icon Oncology has pioneered the move to a value-based cancer care model to ensure the sustainability of oncology in the country and to provide better access to quality cancer care for more South Africans.
How it works
If you are interested in applying, submit the application form and supporting documents as outlined below:
- Download the application form here: Download form
- Submit the form electronically (handwritten applications will not be accepted)
- Please provide concise answers to each question.
- Submit the application to Dr Melisa Pillay firstname.lastname@example.org include ‘Expression of interest form’ in the subject line.
- Deadline for submissions is 31 March 2023.
For more information visit www.iconsa.co.za.