The National Lottery Community Fund and the King’s Fund have launched a new £3 million fund to empower voluntary and community organisations and the local health and care sector to work together to boost the health and wellbeing of their communities.
The Healthy Communities Together fund aims to support six different locations in England.
Up to £3 million of grant funding and £850,000 of leadership development support is being made available 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.
Partnerships 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). Partnerships must cover a defined ‘place’ in England.
There are two phases. In the first phase, 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.
Further information can be found on the National Lottery Community Fund website.