FUNDING: Ways to Wellbeing Small Grants Fund

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FUNDING: Ways to Wellbeing Small Grants Fund

What is Ways to Wellbeing?

Ways to Wellbeing is a social prescribing service. Social prescribing links people referred via their GP/practice nurse to non-medical support from within the community to promote their wellbeing. It recognises that our physical and mental health are influenced by social factors. It aims to address the root causes of health problems e.g. loneliness. It has been estimated that around 20% of people consult their GP for what is primarily a social concern.

What is the fund?

Funding for the small grants initiative has primarily come from the Better Care Fund, a programme spanning NHS and local government which seeks to join-up health and social care services. The total small grants fund amounts to £20,000.

What is the purpose of the fund?

Ways to Wellbeing would like to invite partners to apply to this fund to continue to work together in tackling health inequalities, by providing opportunities that strengthen the social factors that have an impact upon health. We are particularly interested in projects that work with people with long term health conditions and mental health conditions. Partners need to focus on one or more of the below outcomes:

  • Access to culture
  • Addressing poverty
  • Employment, learning or volunteering
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Housing
  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Social Connectedness

The fund is open to both existing and new ventures. However, we are particularly keen to support existing opportunities, either by providing funds to sustain and expand projects or to increase accessibility and reach (e.g. through 1:1 work or transport provision).

The fund is available to charities, social enterprises, voluntary and community groups.

Ways to Wellbeing currently covers eight geographical areas. We therefore wish to give priorities to these areas, in addition to the City Centre:

  • Acomb
  • City centre and Micklegate
  • Clifton
  • Fulford
  • Haxby
  • Heworth
  • New Earswick
  • Tang Hall

How to apply

  1. Complete the Expression of Interest form. Return this to administration@yorkcvs.org.uk by Tuesday 11 September 2018.
  2. Applications will be screened for eligibility and shortlisted. If shortlisted, you will be invited to share your idea with a panel of people who have accessed our service. This will be on Monday 24 September 2018. You will be notified of this by 5pm, Monday 17 September.
  3. If successful, you will receive a grant agreement to be signed and returned. On receipt of this, the grant will be paid into your account.

If you have any queries or need support to apply please contact:

Helen Carr, Head of Delivery, helen.carr@yorkcvs.org.uk, 01904 621133. 

Before completing an Expression of Interest, please check:

  • Your project will be completed by end March 2019 and an evaluation and/or feedback can be provided at this time. An interim update will be required in December 2018.
  • Your project fits at least one (or more) of the outcomes.
  • You are willing and able to work in partnership with other voluntary and community groups.
  • You can demonstrate that your project is likely to succeed and that it represents good value for money.

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