VCSE health and wellbeing fund Starting Well

Voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations can apply for government grants from the Health and Wellbeing Fund of between £200,000 and £510,000 over three financial years, to run projects focused on starting well in life.

Projects must:

  • have run for at least 3 years
  • develop or expand services for children from preconception to 2-and-a-half years old
  • be focused on improving health outcomes in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities or areas of high deprivation (including urban, rural and coastal areas)

The Fund aims to support the health outcomes of improving perinatal mental health, reducing the percentage of babies born with low birth weight, increasing babies being breastfed, obesity prevention and support, reducing smoking or smoke-free homes, improving learning, speech and language development, and improving levels of immunisation and preventable disease.

They will support community focused or whole family approaches.

‘Meet the funder’ webinars are being held on:

  • 8 September, 14:00 to 15:00
  • 10 September, 14:00 to 15:00.

Registration will be limited to one person per organisation, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book a place on these webinars, please e-mail startingwell@dhsc.gov.uk.

The deadline for applications is 12:00 on Friday 30 October.

Find out more here.

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