Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in England can apply for funding of between £200,000 and £510,000 for projects which improve health outcomes for mothers and babies from preconception to two and a half years of age in deprived areas or from BAME backgrounds.
This new round of the £3.3 million VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund has been launched with the theme of ‘Starting Well’ to support community projects which prevent obesity, reduce smoking, and improve perinatal mental health and learning and development amongst mothers and babies.
- have run for at least 3 years
- develop or expand services for children from preconception to 2-and-a-half years old, so they receive the best possible start in life
- 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 is open to applications from charity-run projects aimed at:
- improving perinatal mental health
- reducing the percentage of babies born with low birthweight
- increasing babies being breastfed
- obesity prevention and support
- reducing smoking or encouraging smoke-free homes
- improving learning, speech and language development
- improving immunisation rates and reducing rates of preventable disease
Applicants are strongly encouraged to join one of the “Meet the Funders” webinars on either the 8th or 10th September 2020.
The deadline for applications is 12pm on the 30th October 2020.