Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund launches second local grant scheme

The Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) will be launching its second local grant scheme in spring 2011.

The HSCVF provides a combination of grant funding and support to organisations, aimed at enhancing their capacity and ability in the health and social care field. The HSCVF differs from other many other grant funding schemes as it aims to help organisations grow and develop, not just provide a short term input of grant monies.

Local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations will be able to submit a maximum of one application.  Applicants will be asked to apply under one of the following themes.

  • Theme 1: Patient-led NHS
  • Theme 2: Delivering Better Health Outcomes
  • Theme 3: Improving Public Health
  • Theme 4: Improving Health and Social Care

It is anticipated that around 45 organisations will receive funding up to a maximum of £50,000. Funding can be sought for 2 or 3 year projects. Criteria for applying include: having a track record in health and social care activity, and having policies on equality, health and safety, and safeguarding of children and adults already in place.

For more information visit the volunteering fund website.

Pre-application events have been organised to provide further information on the programme’s remit, guidance on completing the application process and the opportunity for one-to-one discussions with organisations about the eligibility of their project ideas.

These half-day events will be held on the following dates

  • Monday 14 March – Birmingham
  • Thursday 17 March – London
  • Monday 21 March – Leeds
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