Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise Grant Programme 2021-23
09 August 2021
NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has awarded more than £600,000 of grant funding to successful Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) applicants.
A new grants programme was developed following the merger of Cheshire’s four legacy CCGs in April 2020, working in conjunction with Cheshire East and Cheshire West Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs), the county’s two Local Authorities and representatives from VCFSE organisations.
A total of £660,000 was made available across the two “Place” footprints of Cheshire West and Cheshire East to support a range of projects to address the health needs of the population and help reduce health inequalities.
VCFSE organisations were invited to apply for grants of up to £30,000 per Place or £55,000 for the whole of Cheshire to deliver projects over an 18-month period from October 1st 2021 up to March 31st 2023.
88 applications were received with a combined value of £2.75m – more than four times the total amount of available funding. This presented a significant challenge to the evaluation panels which included representation from all partners.
Following an extensive evaluation process, 29 applications were supported and work is now underway to engage with these organisations to support projects to start on October 1st 2021. Applicants were advised of the outcome of their application in the week commencing August 2nd.
Thank you to all the applicants and to all partners involved in the grants programme for their unwavering focus on ensuring the best outcomes for the people of Cheshire.