Bristol City Funds: BCH Health & Wellbeing Grant
This grant programme is currently closed to applications.
- Opening Date:
- 23rd March 2021 , 8:00 am
- Closing Date:
- 27th April 2021 , 11:00 am
- Maximum grant awarded:
- Grants of up to £20,000 per year, for a maximum of 2 years
What is Bristol City Funds?
Bristol City Funds is working to transform Bristol by offering funding that targets the causes and effects of inequality. We believe Bristol can be a thriving and healthy city, built on a fair social foundation within sustainable environmental boundaries. We aim to create positive change in Bristol by bringing businesses, community organisations, funders and the public sector together to share resources and help address key priorities.
City Funds is a partnership between Bristol City Council, Bristol and Bath Regional Capital, and Quartet Community Foundation with help from a wide range of people in the city. City Funds offers both grant funding and social investment. Discover more here.
What is the Bristol Community Health (BCH) Health and Wellbeing Fund?
This fund is aimed at supporting Bristol’s health and wellbeing sector. It has been made available by BCH as part of its legacy to community health in Bristol because:
- Health and wellbeing charities and social enterprises deliver valuable services which fill gaps between commissioned services
- Health and wellbeing organisations typically rely on few public sector contracts and if those contracts are decommissioned or funding cut, the organisations are placed at immediate risk
- The demand for flexible, innovative community health and wellbeing support is growing, and needs are going unmet currently
- Prevention and early intervention services can help to reduce demand on NHS commissioned services which are already under strain.
We will advertise upcoming grant rounds until the available funding has been distributed. The next grant round will open at 8am on Tues 23 March 2021 and close at 11am on Tues 27 April 2021. Please be aware that we will be reviewing learning from the first funding round at a session on the 16th March and we may make changes to the funding criteria and guidelines after this date. Please make sure you read the guidelines carefully before starting an application.
Who can apply?
Voluntary, community, charity and social enterprise organisations based and working in the Bristol local authority area which provide health & wellbeing services, prioritising those that:
- Reflect BCH’s historic services, including services in the community for adults and children, and services working with offenders
- Focus on prevention and early intervention
- Run projects supporting self-care
- Support people with or at greater risk of developing long-term health conditions, or
- Want to make changes to their organisation that will improve their resilience to public sector contract loss or funding cuts.
What can you apply for?
Our aim is to support lasting change that will make our city more sustainable and more fair, so funding can be awarded to transform and strengthen local organisations themselves or it can be for the delivery of activities that will create change for local people.
Examples of what funding could be used for include:
- Providing time, space and help for leaders of health and wellbeing organisations to plan for the future of their organisation, or to increase their action on environmental sustainability or on diversity, equity & inclusion
- Providing resources and skills to help translate great ideas into business propositions or to create new revenue streams
- Exploring collaborations, partnerships or mergers between organisations
- Services delivered by health and wellbeing organisations, which
– increase the reach, breadth or depth of service delivery
– reduce reliance on public sector contracts and grants, or
– increase the financial sustainability of this critical sector.
We want to support action on reducing environmental impact, increasing environmental sustainability and redressing inequalities through action on diversity, equity and inclusion. We will take into consideration the action a group is taking on these issues and we welcome applications for funding that incorporate this work.
Support to develop your ideas and make an application
The Good Faith Partnership is working with The Care Forum to provide direct support to organisations that might want to apply for this funding. They are available for potential applicants to ask any questions about the fund or eligibility and will be using their insight and expertise to help organisations think through how they could best use the funding for maximum impact. In 2021 they will be also running a series of sessions to help organisations to become more resilient, make links across the sector and bring about long-term change.
Contact Vinya Mehta at email@example.com to find out more.
Please make sure you download and carefully read the guidelines below before applying for a grant.