The Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) will be launching its third local grant scheme in late spring 2012. The local grant scheme 2011 funded 51 projects across England.
Information about the Fund
The HSCVF is a comprehensive funding programme that provides a combination of grant funding and tailored support to organisations, aimed at enhancing their capacity and ability in the health and social care field. The HSCVF differs from other many other grant funding schemes as it aims to help organisations grow and develop, not just provide a short term input of grant monies. This is why the HSCVF gives equal priority to:
- A package of support to build organisational capacity that will assist with longer term sustainability, as well as
- Financial provision through grant awards.
Local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations will be able to submit a maximum of one application. Applicants will be asked to apply under one of the following themes:
- Theme 1: Individual Choice and Control: Care and Support
- Theme 2: Delivering Better Health and Care Outcomes
- Theme 3: Improving Public Health
- Theme 4: Improving Health and Social Care
- Theme 5: Building Capable Communities
The local grant scheme will fund and support local projects targeting health inequalities and promotes innovative approaches to volunteering in the health and social care field.
Competition for the fund is likely to be high. It is anticipated that around 40-45 organisations will receive funding up to a maximum of £50,000. Funding can be sought for 2 or 3 year projects. Criteria for applying include: having a track record in health and social care activity, and having policies on equality, health and safety, and safeguarding of children and adults already in place.
Pre- application events have been organised to provide:
- ·further information on the programme’s remit
- ·guidance on completing the application process
- ·The opportunity for one-to-one discussions with organisations about the eligibility of their project ideas. Please note that the advice sessions are not designed to work with you to draft your application responses, but rather to give you honest feedback that will guide your thoughts and ideas.
Half-day information events will be held in Leeds, London and Birmingham to interested VCSEs on the following dates.
Leeds: Tuesday 15 May – Click here to book
London: Tuesday 22 May –Click here to book
Birmingham: Monday 28 May – Click here to book
Timings for the sessions in each location are:
Morning session – 9.15m and 1pm (this is the anticipated end time for the last advice session)
Afternoon session 1.30pm and 5.30pm (this is the anticipated end time for the last advice session)
Website can be found here