Both The National Lottery Community Fund and The King’s Fund are committed to delivering the Healthy Communities Together programme. However, due to the ongoing and developing situation with COVID-19, and the additional pressures that this is placing on the voluntary and community sector, local authorities and NHS organisations, we have decided to allow additional time and extend the deadline for the submission of expressions of interest.
We have therefore decided to extend the deadline for expressions of interest to 27 May. The new revised timetable, until further notice, therefore will be:
27 May - Submission of the initial eligibility checks by applicants.
Early June - Eligibility checks assessed with the 40 successful applicants at this stage invited to submit a full application and asked for letters of support.
Early August - Submission of full application and letters of support (exact deadline date to be confirmed).
August/September - Assessment of the full applications, including some site visits.
Late September - Decision making and applicants informed of success.
We recognise that the situation is still rapidly evolving and will therefore keep this new date under review. If we do have to make any further changes we will communicate these as soon as possible. In order to stay up to date please sign up for further updates in order that we can communicate any changes.
Healthy Communities Together is a new programme developed in partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund and The King’s Fund.
The programme aims to support local areas 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.
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. 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 27 May, and with projects for phase 1 are projected to start in September 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.
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.
We will reach a decision on phase 2 areas in 2021.