Big Lottery Fund
Opening of £3 million fund to boost communities’ health and wellbeing
The National Lottery Community Fund and The King’s Fund yesterday launched a £3 million fund to empower voluntary and community sector organisations and the local health and care sector to work together to boost the health and wellbeing of their communities.
The new fund – which opens today – will enable effective partnerships to flourish between local groups and organisations and the NHS and councils across six different locations in England.
The programme will better enable local authorities, the NHS, and the voluntary and community sector to develop new ways of working, which make the most of their combined capability to improve the health of their community.
In the first year of the ‘Healthy Communities Together’ programme each area will receive up to £50,000 and expert support to help them to collaborate and develop a plan to improve local people’s health and encourage their community to thrive.
Partnerships will then be invited to apply for further funding, along with additional support, for up to three further years to implement their plans.
The input of leaders working in communities and the health sector has informed the design of the programme, which combines the health, care and leadership development expertise of The King’s Fund with the funding, knowledge, and insights of The National Lottery Community Fund – the largest funder of community activity in the UK.
The new fund was launched this morning (20th February) at an event in London, hosted by The National Lottery Community Fund, which brought together leaders from across the voluntary and community sector, alongside government and health representatives. Attendees discussed how different parts of the health and care system can work together to meet demand and share learning.
The event followed the release of The National Lottery Community Fund’s report - Connecting communities and healthcare: Making social prescribing work for everyone - which summarises learning from the experiences of National Lottery funded projects and highlights the key role of the voluntary and community sector in social prescribing.
The joint announcement was made by Chief Executives Dawn Austwick, from The National Lottery Community Fund, and Richard Murray, from The King’s Fund.
Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund, said:
“Whether it’s a local community group or charity offering tailored activities and expert support or a group of health and care professionals striving to offer the best possible service, these local leaders understand what will improve people’s health and wellbeing.
“This funding will encourage closer collaboration between them and enable the voices of people and communities to be at the table in designing and delivering customised programmes to increase wellbeing.”
Richard Murray, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, said:
“Public sector and voluntary sector organisations often want to work more closely together but come up against practical barriers.
“The Healthy communities together programme will provide the much-needed funding and leadership support to build long-lasting partnerships between local charities, community groups and public sector organisations.
“By working together hand-in-glove, voluntary sector, NHS and local authority organisations will be able to have a bigger impact on the health of their communities.”
For more information about the Healthy Communities Together programme, including about eligibility and how to apply, please visit tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/kingsfund.
Notes to Editors
We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.
We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.
About The King’s Fund
The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. The organisation aims to build healthier places and communities, tackle the worst health outcomes and support people and leaders working in health and care.
Latest News from
Big Lottery Fund
£3.4 million National Lottery funding to improve wellbeing in communities across Wales14/01/2021 12:38:00
Additional support will be made available to improve wellbeing and mental health as we cautiously welcome the new year, thanks to more than £3.4 million National Lottery funding announced today in Wales.
New research highlights the importance of communities and identifies loneliness as a key issue13/01/2021 16:20:00
New research out from The National Lottery Community Fund, reveals that the pandemic has helped people see the benefits of being part of their local community and sparked a desire to be more involved in 2021.
2021: importance of communities set to remain high as people identify loneliness and isolation as a key issue to tackle in their local area12/01/2021 14:10:00
New research out today from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, shows that the pandemic has helped to reignite people’s interest in their local community and sparked a desire to be more involved in 2021.
£3m National Lottery funding, a welcome Christmas present for communities23/12/2020 14:20:00
The National Lottery Community Fund yesterday announced over £3 million of grants to 162 community projects, based in every Council area in Northern Ireland.
London community action groups receive £1.3 million National Lottery funding to reach grassroot groups on frontline of COVID response18/12/2020 14:33:00
The National Lottery Community Fund yesterday announced it is working alongside a number of expertly-placed funding programmes in London to ensure more than £1.3 million of National Lottery funding is delivered to communities most vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19.
£4 million of National Lottery funding helps Scottish Families get vital support17/12/2020 14:43:00
Scottish families facing loss, isolation or loneliness are amongst those benefiting from a £4 million cash boost from The National Lottery Community Fund announced today (THURSDAY 17 DECEMBER).
‘We’ve had to learn to be resourceful, whilst helping our community to do the same’: The Cornish charities bringing people together, thanks to £13.5 million of National Lottery funding15/12/2020 14:33:00
New figures released yesterday revealed that over £13.5 million has gone to community groups across Cornwall this year*, thanks to National Lottery players.
‘This year people have opened up to each other…we want that to continue’: The Devon organisations supporting their community, thanks to National Lottery Funding14/12/2020 13:38:00
New figures released today reveal that nearly £1.5 million has gone to community groups across Devon this year, thanks to National Lottery players.
‘We had to catapult ourselves into the unknown’: How one Bristol charity cooked over 17,000 meals for those hit hardest by COVID-1911/12/2020 11:43:00
New figures released yesterday reveal that nearly £7.5 million has gone to community groups across Bristol this year*, thanks to National Lottery players.