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NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Community Partnership Grants Programme

14 January 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Project funding is available for social and health care organisations working in partnership to support communities in the North East of England and North Cumbria.

Fund Information

Funding body:

NHS Charities Together

Maximum value:

£ 250,000

Application deadline:



The Covid-19 Community Partnership Grants Programme is being provided by NHS Charities Together (NHSCT), a membership association for around 257 NHS charities throughout the UK. During the pandemic over £140 million of charitable funds have been donated by the public for NHSCT.

Funding from this programme has been allocated to each Integrated Care System (ICS) across England and the programme is being administered locally on behalf of the North East and North Cumbria ICS by the County Durham Community Foundation.

Objectives of Fund

The programme aims to support communities in the North East and North Cumbria by providing project funding to partnerships of public and/or third-sector social and healthcare organisations for initiatives that focus on the three key themes:

  • Addressing health inequalities - ie unfair and avoidable differences in health across the population, and between different groups within society.

  • Support for mental health and wellbeing.

  • Access and support to avoid digital exclusion for those identified as vulnerable and/or disproportionally affected by coronavirus/COVID-19.

Value Notes

Grants of £50,000 to £250,000 are available (smaller requests will be considered in exceptional circumstances).

The amount requested must not exceed the annual income of the lead organisation.

Grants can be used to fund projects for up to two years and must be spent by March 2023.

Who Can Apply

Applications are invited from partnerships of social and health care organisations. The consortium must comprise a minimum of two separate legal entities - a lead organisation working with at least one other partner.

Proposals from a wide range of organisations of varying size and infrastructure are welcome. The consortium/partnership does not have to include an NHS partner.

Eligible organisations include:

  • Registered charities

  • Charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs).

  • Companies limited by guarantee.

  • Community interest companies (CICs).

  • Social enterprises.

  • NHS agencies.

Applicants will need to identify which North East and North Cumbria ICS area(s) their project will be delivered in:

  • Durham, South Tyneside and Sunderland ICP.

  • North Cumbria ICP.

  • North of Tyne and Gateshead ICP.

  • Tees Valley ICP.

National organisations can apply to the fund, but they must be able to demonstrate an existing capability to deliver services in the specific ICP area or areas where the project will take place.

Organisations can only be party to one application.


North East and North Cumbria


Funding is not available for:

  • Capital equipment that is a statutory/medical requirement, such as uniforms or specific hospital equipment.

  • Projects or initiatives covered by core NHS or social care funding, or those which are only hospital focused.

  • Retrospective funding.

Eligible Expenditure

Grants are available for health and social care initiatives that meet the following criteria and which are unlikely to have access to other funding streams. The fund will support a broad range of expenditure including core, capital and project costs and other costs that are directly related to project delivery.

Proposals must evidence how they aim to address one or more or the following key themes for the North East and North Cumbria ICS:

  • Addressing health inequalities - ie unfair and avoidable differences in health across the population and between different groups within society.

  • Support for mental health and wellbeing.

  • Access and support to avoid digital exclusion for those identified as vulnerable and/or disproportionally affected by coronavirus/COVID-19.

Priority will be given to bids that can demonstrate a sustainable, meaningful impact on the health and wellbeing of communities that are disproportionally affected by the direct and indirect impacts of coronavirus/COVID-19, due to clinical and/or social vulnerabilities.

These populations will be defined based on place, local need and will include a focus on:

  • Specific neighbourhood communities ranked as being most deprived.

  • Population characteristics including age, ethnicity and disability.

  • Specific communities of interest such as rough sleepers, refugees and asylum seekers.

Applicants must demonstrate how the project will support the future resilience of the affected communities and how it might be scalable. Projects should also support the wider NHS and voluntary and community organisations dealing with the impact of the pandemic.

Eligible projects could include:

  • Managing the transition of the elderly from hospital to home.

  • Mental health support.

  • Supporting vulnerable members of the community.

  • End of life care.

  • Early intervention.

  • Reducing disparity or focus on preventative health and social care with a focus on diversity within the population.

How To Apply

The deadline for expressions of interest is 31 January 2021.

An online expression of interest form can be submitted via the County Durham Community Foundation website. Applicants who successfully demonstrate how their partnership proposal meets the key criteria and aims of the fund will be invited to submit a full application before 7 March 2021.

Expressions of interest must include details of a referee, who should be a health or social care professional in an established organisation working within the relevant geographical area outlined in the application.

The Foundation expects to notify applicants of the outcome of their proposals during April 2021.

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Grants Team
    County Durham Community Foundation
    Victoria House
    Whitfield Court
    St John’s Road
    Meadowfield Industrial Estate
    DH7 8XL
    Tel: 0191 378 6340       Email: [email protected]


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