Both The National Lottery Community Fund and The King’s Fund are committed to delivering the Healthy communities together programme. However, due to the ongoing and developing situation with COVID-19, and the additional pressures that this is placing on the voluntary and community sector, local authorities and NHS organisations, we have decided to allow additional time and extend the deadline for the submission of expressions of interest.
The deadline for expressions of interest is now Wednesday 27th May.
We recognise that the situation is still rapidly evolving and will therefore keep this new date under review. If we do have to make any further changes we will communicate these as soon as possible. In order to stay up to date, please sign up in order that we can communicate any changes.
Civil Society have released an article explained that King Fund have announced the new £3 million programme to fund partnerships between local charities and the public sector, with the aim of improving local healthcare. The Healthy Communities Together programme is a partnership between health charity King’s Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, which has provided the funding.
The scheme will offer funding and support for charities and community organisations to partner with NHS and local authorities, and help them “boost the health and wellbeing of their communities”. The King’s Fund said that lack of funding can make it hard for local organisations to “share their knowledge of the community” with the public health sector, whose bureaucracy can be difficult to navigate for charities.
The new programme will try to address these issues. The scheme will open in spring 2020 and will pilot in up to six areas, chosen among those “experiencing the most disadvantage”.