National Lottery Community Fund launches the Healthy Communities Together Fund (initial application deadline: 27 March 2020)

In partnership with the King’s Fund, the National Lottery Community Fund’s new Healthy Communities Together Fund has just been launched with a total grants budget of £3 million.

The Fund aims to support up to 6 local areas in England to develop effective and sustainable partnerships between the voluntary and community sector, the NHS and local authorities to improve health and wellbeing, reduce health inequalities and empower communities.

Partnerships can bid for a grant of up to £500,000 over 4 years.

As well as providing grant funding, the programme will support the development of relationships between partners, identifying and agreeing how best to work together, to ensure the involvement of organisations working across communities, and create a plan of activities.

The programme consists of two phases:

Phase 1

In phase 1, 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.

Applications for phase 1 are to be submitted by Friday 27 March, and projects for phase 1 are projected to start in July 2020.

At the end of this phase, each site will be invited to apply for phase 2 of the programme for further funding and support.

Phase 2

Applications for phase 2 will be assessed on the strength of the partnerships that have developed, their involvement of relevant organisations working across communities, and the strength and feasibility of their project plans to deliver meaningful benefits for people and communities.

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.

The National Lottery Community Fund expects to announce the successful applicants in early 2021.

Further information, together with details about how to apply, can be found on the National Lottery Community Fund website.

The Healthy Communities Together Fund