Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Funding for health and social care volunteering projects

The third round of local funding from the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) opened on 2nd July.

Support from the HSCVF ‘local grant and capacity building scheme’ is designed to build the capacity and capabilities of voluntary sector organisations working in the health and social care field, as well as providing them with grant funding to develop volunteer-led service delivery through a discrete project.

It is anticipated that between 40 and 45 organisations will receive funding up to a maximum of £50,000 for multi-annual projects. Criteria for applying include: being locally constituted, having a track record in health and social care activity, having an established volunteer base, and having policies on equality, health and safety, and safeguarding of children and adults already in place.

Local volunteering charities, community organisations, social enterprises, co-operatives, mutuals and other not-for profit organisations with social aims will be able to make an application and will be asked to apply under one of the following themes:

Individual Choice and Control: Care and Support
• Delivering Better Health and Care Outcomes
• Improving Public Health
• Improving Health and Social Care
• Building Capable Communities

Grants will be awarded for projects that demonstrate their potential to develop new, improved and/or streamlined systems in health and social care volunteering rather than projects that aim to simply supply core services. Ongoing funding for existing services will not be supported.

Successful projects will also participate in the support package which aims to build organisational capacity that will assist with longer term sustainability. Organisations should be prepared to dedicate 6-10 days to these activities per annum, and should include travel costs to activities within their project budget.

The deadline for applications is 14th September 2012.

Further details from the link below.