CHARITIES, community and voluntary organisations in the Rochdale borough are invited to apply for funding for health-related projects. NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) is inviting local groups to apply for one-off grants for projects of up to 12 months.
In line with the CCG’s priorities for health improvement, projects must be able to demonstrate health and community benefits in one of the following areas:
• Reducing social isolation, particularly for older people and vulnerable young men
• Promoting prevention and early intervention for mental health conditions
• Providing early interventions and low level mental health and wellbeing support to children and young people and their carers
• Supporting carers
• Supporting people with complex needs, enabling them to build better lives
• Infrastructure support to build partnerships and social capital
Dr Chris Duffy, local GP and Chair of HMR CCG, said: “Over the last two years we’ve awarded grants worth a total of £2.5 million for 169 local voluntary, charity and community-led projects through our Social Investment Fund. “The health benefits have been huge and we’ve seen some fantastic schemes really making a difference to local people’s lives – from community health fairs offering health checks and advice at community centres across the borough, to the Homestart scheme supporting families affected by behavioural difficulties and autism. “Following the success so far, we are keen to offer this opportunity to more groups which can offer innovative ways to help and support local people to become healthier and have a better future.”
Some of the key health and economical achievements identified through evaluation of Social Investment Fund (SIF) projects delivered during 2013/14 include:
• 8,846 individuals accessed a SIF-funded project
• 61 projects reported improvements in users’ and carers’ health and wellbeing
• 548 volunteers worked specifically within a SIF-funded project
• £240,712 of match funding and in kind value (reduced equipment and resource fees, waived management fees, externally sourced matched funding etc) attracted to SIF-funded projects
• 59.5 new jobs created across the Rochdale borough
• 49 people returning to work or supported to maintain work in the Rochdale borough
• 1,003 people up-skilled or took part in accredited training courses
For 2014/15, grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 will be considered for projects of up to 12 months in duration. Joint bids from more than one group working together to increase social capital are encouraged. As are proposals which can evidence match funding and a genuine partnership approach.
Projects could include proposals to help reduce hospital admissions or re-admissions; services to reduce isolation and poverty; support services for people with mental health problems and complex needs; services providing practical support for carers; and health and wellbeing projects which can demonstrate health improvements for local people.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 22 December.
A project board will consider the applications in the new year, with organisations notified in January and projects aimed to begin in April.
Successful groups should bear in mind that a grant provided through this scheme should not be considered a replacement for mainstream, continued funding; it is awarded as a one-off payment. Successful applicants will be expected to deliver projects during 2015/16.
Application forms and detailed guidance notes are available here
Support is available from Sue Dilworth on 07739 759395 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.