The National Academy for Social Prescribing and Arts Council England have announced the launch of a new £1.4 million Thriving Communities Fund, established to develop local social prescribing activities across England. Social prescribing is a way of connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.
Partnerships supported by the fund will come together to plan and deliver community activities involving partners from:
- the arts, creativity and culture (including museums and libraries)
- financial wellbeing
- community advice
- and the wider voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector.
Funded activities will increase social connectedness and help communities cope with the impact of COVID19. By working with those communities most impacted by the COVID19 pandemic, including Black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities, the projects we will fund will help to:
- strengthen the range of social prescribing activities offered locally
- enhance collaboration and networking between local organisations
- enable social prescribing link workers to connect people to more creative community activities and services.
Funding will encourage partnerships led by voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups and organisations working in
Grants of between £25,000 and £50,000 will be available and partnerships will need to provide 20% match funding.
The deadline for applications is 12pm on the 8th January 2021.