VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2020-21: Starting Well

Friday, 30 October 2020 - 12:00pm

Grants of between £200,000 and £510,000 are available to run projects that improve outcomes for mothers and babies in deprived areas or from BAME backgrounds from preconception to up to 2-and-a-half years of age.

The aim of the Fund is to promote equality and reduce health inequalities by building the evidence base about good practice, sharing lessons and widening the adoption of interventions with a proven track record. 

Funding is available for projects that improve health outcomes for children from preconception to two and a half years old in one of more of the following communities:

  • Children in areas of high deprivation (including urban, rural and coastal areas).
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups.

To be eligible projects should aim 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.

The grants are to be used to 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.

Projects must be strategically linked up with other local initiatives and service planning and must not be duplicating another local initiative.

Organisations interested in applying are strongly advised to attend one of the webinars taking place on:

  • 8 September 2020 (2pm - 3pm).
  • 10 September 2020 (2pm - 3pm).

Registration for the webinars will be limited to one person per organisation, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Organisations should email to register.

Projects must:

  • have run for at least 3 years
  • develop or expand services for children from preconception to 2-and-a-half years old, so they receive the best possible start in life
  • be focused on improving health outcomes in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities or areas of high deprivation (including urban, rural and coastal areas)
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)