Department of Health & Social Care: VCSE Health & Wellbeing Fund

Health & Social Care Friday October 30th, 2020

The Department of Health & Social Care’s VCSE Health & Wellbeing Fund (HW) 2020-21 is awarding grants of between £200,000-£510,000 to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations over three financial years to expand or develop existing schemes.

The theme for the HW Fund is Starting Well. The Fund aims to:

  • Improve health outcomes for children from preconception to two and a half years old in one or more of the following communities:
    • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups
    • Children in areas of high deprivation (including urban, rural and coastal areas)

The HW Fund aims to support the following health outcomes:

  • Improvement in perinatal mental health
  • Reduction in the percentage of babies born with low birthweight
  • An increase in babies being breastfed
  • Obesity prevention and support
  • Reduced smoking or smoke-free homes
  • Improvement in learning and speech and language development
  • High immunisation rates and reduction in rates of preventable disease

Applicants must:

  • Expand or develop existing projects and programmes that have been running for at least three years, and which are whole-family and/or community-centred
  • Promote equalities and reduce health inequalities for children
  • Work with both the target age range and the target groups
  • Support strong and sustainable local connections between VCSE and statutory services, without duplicating other existing initiatives
  • Facilitate co-production between local partners and service users
  • Evaluate different approaches and share learning.

The Fund welcomes joint applications – e.g. collaborations between VCSE organisations. There is no limit to the number of partners. However, we require one partner to take the lead and complete a significant proportion of the project or programme activity.

Applicants are required to provide a supporting letter from their local statutory commissioner – e.g. Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), Integrated Care System (ICS), or Local Authority (LA), and are welcome to obtain additional funding that supports their project or programme.

The Department of Health & Social Care will be hosting two ‘Meet the Funder’ webinars on Tuesday 8 September 2020 and Thursday 10 September 2020, both 2-4pm. (Details listed on Funding for All’s Training & Events noticeboard)

Deadline: Friday 30 October 2020, 12 noon.

For more information and how to apply please click here.

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