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Healthy Communities Together

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Funding available to empower voluntary and community sector organisations to work together with the local health and care sector to boost the health and wellbeing of their communities.

The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) and The King's Fund are jointly supporting partnership-working in local areas between the voluntary and community sector, the NHS and local authorities to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.

The Healthy Communities Together programme will offer up to £3 million of grant funding and £850,000 of leadership development support to develop effective and sustainable partnerships to improve health and wellbeing, reduce health inequalities and empower communities.

The programme will enable partners to develop their relationships, to identify and agree what they need to work together more effectively to ensure the involvement of organisations working across communities, and to collaboratively create a plan to deliver meaningful change. This may include:

  • Developing infrastructure to engage the VCSE and enable effective partnership

  • Developing a local approach to measuring impact on health and wellbeing

  • Co-producing ways of commissioning and delivering services for particular groups of people, such as groups who are marginalised, have complex needs or live with long-term conditions

  • Developing a commissioning framework which supports the diversity of the VCSE sector locally (for example, including very small organisations) or

  • Developing community-centred approaches which aim to involve and empower local people in improving health and wellbeing.

The programme will fund partnerships that must include: 

  • A voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisation

  • A local authority, and

  • An NHS organisation (including Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Trusts and primary care bodies).

Both new partnerships, and one that’s already been set up are eligible to apply.

Partnerships must cover a defined ‘place’ in England.

The programme consists of two phases. In phase 1, a maximum of six areas will receive up to £50,000 funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and a package of learning and development support from the King’s Fund for up to nine months to develop their partnership and project plans.

At the end of this phase, each site will be invited to apply for phase 2 of the programme for further funding and support.

Successful partnerships will receive up to £450,000, as well as ongoing learning and development support from The King’s Fund, over a further three years.

How To Apply

There are four stages to the application process for phase 1 of the programme:

  • Stage 1: Programme eligibility (deadline - 27 March 2020)

    • Complete a short eligibility form (which can be found on the TNLCF website) and submit by email to: [email protected] by the deadline of 27 March 2020.

  • Stage 2: Letters of support (deadline - 1 May 2020)

    • Submissions that are deemed eligible to apply for the programme will be asked to provide letters of support from the partners referred to in the application.

  • Stage 3: Application form (deadline - 22 May 2020)

    • When the letters of support have been received, a link to the application form will be sent to applicants.

  • Stage 4: Site visit and final decision (June/July 2020)

    • Up to 10 sites that score highest against the criteria will be invited to take part in a site visit so TNLCF can have a more detailed conversation.

Final decisions will be made by a decision-making panel, including representatives from the National Lottery Community Fund, The King’s Fund, and their Trustees or Committee Members.

Phase 1 work would start in the areas by July and last for six to nine months.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Advice Team
    National Lottery Community Fund
    Head Office
    1 Plough Place
    EC4A 1DE
    Tel: 0345 4102030
    Email: [email protected]

  2. King's Fund
    Grant Department
    11 - 13 Cavendish Square
    W1G 0AN

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