Fund title: VCSE Health & Wellbeing Fund

Focus of fund/fund aims:

To reduce health inequalities by setting up or expanding social prescribing schemes

Application deadline:

21 November 2017

Fund description:

The VCSE Health and Wellbeing Programme is a package of measures to address health inequalities. It includes the Health and Wellbeing Fund. For 2017/18 the specific theme of the fund is social prescribing.

Social prescribing is generally understood to be an intervention through which people are supported to access non-medical services in the community. Examples include befriending, art classes and exercise classes, but a wide variety of activities can be included.

Applications can be made by organisations with charitable status or incorporated not-for-profit organisations such as Community Interest Companies, co-operatives or social enterprises, to set up a new social prescribing scheme or to expand an existing scheme.

Organisations are invited to bid for funding of up to £300,000 for the first year of their scheme. Applicants will need to have the support of their local CCG, local authority, STP leadership team or Accountable Care Organisation, to invest in their proposed scheme from year two onwards. It is expected that the local partner will provide 50% of funding in year two, 80% funding in year three and 100% funding in year four onwards.

Further information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-and-wellbeing-fund-2017-to-2018-application-form