VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund: Starting Well

Funding of £200,000 and £510,000 for Voluntary, community organisations and social enterprises to Improve Health Outcomes for Mothers and Babies in Deprived Areas or from BAME Backgrounds

Grants are available for projects that focus on giving people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) or poorer backgrounds the best chance at a healthy start in life.

Applications are now being accepted for a new £3.3 million Fund that aims to improve outcomes for mothers and babies in deprived areas or from BAME backgrounds from preconception to up to 2-and-a-half years of age. Grants of between £200,000 and £510,000 are available over three financial years. They will be awarded to VCSE organisations in England to allow them to expand or develop existing projects and programmes that have been running for at least three years, and are whole-family and/or community-centred.

Projects that aim to support the following health outcomes are eligible:
  • Improvement in perinatal mental health.
  • Reduction in the percentage of babies born with low birthweight.
  • An increase in babies being breastfed.
  • Obesity prevention and support.
  • Reduced smoking or smoke-free homes.
  • Improvement in learning and speech and language development.
  • High immunisation rates and reduction in rates of preventable disease.

Organisations interested in applying are strongly advised to register for one of the “Meet the Funders” webinars taking place on 8 September 2020 (2pm - 3pm) and 10 September 2020 (2pm - 3pm). 

Meet the funder webinars 

Interested organisations will be able to take part in webinars involving policy leads from the system partners, to hear about the fund and gather further information on what projects and programmes we are specifically interested in funding. Presentations from webinars will be made public, and a set of Frequently Asked Questions will be generated during the application process; both will be shared online for reference. There will be two webinars, and you are strongly advised to register to attend one. Registration will be limited to one person per organisation, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Webinars will take place on: • 8 September 2020, 2-3pm. • 10 September 2020, 2-3pm. To book a place on these webinars, please e-mail startingwell@dhsc.gov.uk

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 30 October 2020. Details and application form at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vcse-health-and-wellbeing-fund-applications-2020-to-2021