VCSE Grants – Supportive Communities & Better Health Staffordshire

Staffordshire County Council is keen to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Staffordshire to assist with public health priorities to improve healthy lifestyles promote independence, self-care and reablement by providing a range of one-off grants.

This fund will help organisations to support the outcomes of Better Health Staffordshire, Supportive Communities and 5 Ways to Wellbeing to sustain existing activities and support organisations in responding to the challenges faced by local people by:

  • Preventing ill health and promoting self-care to enable individuals to be independent and live in their own homes for as long as possible
  • Reducing loneliness and social isolation
  • Supporting healthy aging
  • Increasing access to affordable healthy, nutritious food
  • Increasing access to opportunities for people to ‘move more’
  • Enabling mental wellbeing and promoting healthy lifestyles as the norm

Examples of proposals that would be considered (but not limited to):

  • Supporting local Community Champions to promote community activities particularly using approaches blending both digital and non-digital
  • Assisting local people around form filling
  • Supporting local people with household tasks
  • Setting up/supporting existing local activities in communities to help reduce loneliness and social isolation
  • Support to make health and care information more easily understood
  • Support people in the community to understand how and where to get health and care help
  • Encourage communities to connect with each other to reduce loneliness and isolation
  • Setting up local activities to support people who are exiting structured lifestyle interventions/programmes, for example weight management programmes or exercise referral schemes within local leisure centres. The objectives of which are to help maintain the positive behaviour change around ‘moving more’ and/or healthy diets.
  • Equipment (e.g. raised beds, tools) to enhance an existing initiative that aims to grow healthy produce within limited green space.
  • Piloting a new community cooking class, linked to a community gardening group/community food initiative.
  • Co-producing healthy eating recipe cards to enhance a community garden project or community cooking class.
  • Harnessing existing community assets to support communities to ‘move more’
  • Encouraging healthy living to stay healthy and/or manage health conditions
  • Initiatives promoting use of the Arts as a way to maintain/improve mental wellbeing
  • New/existing groups using practical, hands-on activities in ways that help to encourage positive outcomes for mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Aiding people in the community to have the confidence & knowledge necessary to maintain their own mental health and wellbeing, and that of those around them.

Organisations we can support:

  • Constituted Voluntary groups
  • Constituted Community groups
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Registered Charities
  • Social Enterprises
  • Parish Councils

We are particularly keen to see applications from smaller, grassroots level groups.

Organisations should have been operating for a minimum of 12 months

Grants of between £3000 and £25,000 are available.

A total of £50,000 from this fund will be reserved to provide smaller grants of between £3000 and £8000.

All grants will need to be fully spent by 31st March 2025.

Types of costs that we will fund
  • Equipment costs
  • Capital costs relating to the project
  • Training costs
  • Project costs
  • Event costs
  • Revenue/ staff costs for the project
  • Overhead costs – maximum of 10% of the total grant requested

Round 1

  • The fund will open for applications on 29th April 2024
  • All applications must be submitted by 5pm on 31st May 2024
  • The panel to decide on awards will take place in June 2024

Dates for Round 2 will be announced in Summer 2024

Apply now online

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