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23 May 2022

Launch of Government’s VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2022-25

Funding for projects which support women with reproductive health issues to return to and remain in employment.

The Department of Health and Social Care has reopened its England-wide VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund with the new theme of ‘women’s reproductive wellbeing in the workplace’.

Grants of £200,000 to £600,000 for three-year projects (to a maximum of £200,00 per year) are available, with an estimated 15 to 20 projects set to receive awards.

To be eligible for funding, organisations must:

  • Meet the conditions set out in Section 70 of the Charities Act 2006.
  • Work in England, with a plan to operate their programme in England only.
  • Be not-for-profit, and either:
    • Incorporated (A company limited by guarantee and registered with Companies House, or a co-operative or industrial and provident society or a social enterprise).
    • Have charitable status.
  • Not apply for funding of more than 25% of their annual turnover.
  • Have an equal opportunities, health and safeguarding policy.
  • Have been operating in this area, or a closely related area, for at least three years.
  • Have a clear connection to work within local communities.

Joint applications are accepted from organisations across sectors as long as the lead applicant is a VCSE organisation taking the majority of the responsibility for the project.

Types of activities that can be supported by this fund include:

  • Workplace awareness and training for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) where assistance schemes are unlikely to be available.
  • Low-intensity expert work and health support for women experiencing reproductive health issues that are impacting their experience in the workplace. In particular, those women at risk of leaving employment or who have recently fallen out of work who are less likely to have access to occupational health support via their employer. Applicants are required to provide a supporting letter from their local statutory commissioner: for example, clinical commissioning group (CCG), sustainability and transformation partnership (STP), integrated care system (ICS), or local authority.

Applicants are required to provide a supporting letter from their local statutory commissioner: for example, clinical commissioning group (CCG), sustainability and transformation partnership (STP), integrated care system (ICS), or local authority.

The deadline to apply is 9am on 5 August 2022.

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