Please note that this 2021 Round only cov­ers cer­tain geo­graph­i­cal areas.



The Brad­ford Dis­trict and Craven Health and Well­be­ing Plan is clear about the changes required across our ‘place’ to deliv­er a sus­tain­able health, care and sup­port sys­tem. This will require inte­gra­tion of a sig­nif­i­cant nature and a par­a­digm shift for the NHS towards pop­u­la­tion health improve­ment and not just pro­vi­sion of health ser­vices. Trans­for­ma­tion has already start­ed with a vision for Hap­py Healthy at Home under­pinned by a range of pro­grammes of work designed to man­age ris­ing demand on ser­vices through dif­fer­ent approach­es. The most sig­nif­i­cant area of trans­for­ma­tion is cul­ture, behav­iour and chang­ing mind­sets of ser­vice providers, com­mis­sion­ers and the peo­ple we serve.


Funding History

Fol­low­ing a huge­ly suc­cess­ful rounds of fund­ing from Brad­ford Dis­trict and Craven Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) and a num­ber of Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ships which have fund­ed 344 com­mu­ni­ty-based projects between 2018 and 2020, we’re pleased to say that 3 Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ships across the area have each invest­ed addi­tion­al non-recur­rent funds to sup­port and acti­vate a range of grass­roots com­mu­ni­ty activ­i­ties and ideas which will improve the health and well­be­ing of local people.


Principles of ABCD

The inten­tion is that the fund­ing will pro­mote the val­ues and prin­ci­ples of the Asset Based Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment (ABCD) approach which builds on the assets that are found in the com­mu­ni­ty and mobilis­es indi­vid­u­als, asso­ci­a­tions, and insti­tu­tions to come togeth­er to realise and devel­op their strengths.

ABCD is a set of val­ues and prin­ci­ples which:

  • Iden­ti­fies and makes vis­i­ble the health enhanc­ing assets in a community
  • Sees cit­i­zens and com­mu­ni­ties as the co-pro­duc­ers of health and well­be­ing, rather than the recip­i­ents of services
  • Pro­motes com­mu­ni­ty net­works, rela­tion­ships and friend­ships that can pro­vide car­ing, mutu­al help and empowerment
  • Iden­ti­fies what has the poten­tial to improve health and well-being
  • Sup­ports indi­vid­u­als’ health and well-being through self- esteem, cop­ing strate­gies, resilience skills, rela­tion­ships, friend­ships, knowl­edge and per­son­al resources
  • Empow­er com­mu­ni­ties to con­trol their futures and cre­ate tan­gi­ble resources such as ser­vices, funds and buildings

(Foot and Hop­kins 2010)


Project Description

The 3 Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ships involved this time, and their approx­i­mate areas are:

  • Brad­ford City and Hor­ton Col­lab­o­ra­tive (CP6) — West Bowl­ing, Lit­tle Horton
  • BD4+ Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship (CP9) — Tong, Holme Wood, Bier­ley and Low Moor
  • Wharfedale Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship — Ilk­ley, Adding­ham, Bur­ley in Wharfedale and Silsden

 If you are unsure whether your project will be deliv­ered in these areas, please con­tact us for advice. Appli­ca­tions for work in oth­er areas will not be considered.

Each of these Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ships have agreed a set of local pri­or­i­ties they are work­ing to address and are invit­ing appli­ca­tions for grass roots VCS projects to help with this work:

Com­mu­ni­ty Partnership Pri­or­i­ties
Brad­ford City and Hor­ton Col­lab­o­ra­tive (CP6) Improv­ing Men­tal Health
Work­ing with Children/Young people
Reduc­ing Res­pi­ra­to­ry issues
BD4+ Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship (CP9) Social Iso­la­tion
Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple (focussing on obe­si­ty and men­tal health)
Peo­ple who live in a care home or are housebound
Wharfedale Com­mu­ni­ty Partnership

Sup­port­ing and encour­ag­ing peo­ple to be more active:

  • Activ­i­ties that encour­age and sup­port peo­ple to become more phys­i­cal­ly active and have a pos­i­tive impact on their men­tal health and wellbeing.
Sup­port­ing and build­ing people’s con­fi­dence to socialise

Work with spe­cif­ic groups that lack the con­fi­dence to socialise for the fol­low­ing reason:

  • Advised shield­ing due to com­plex health needs
  • Self-imposed shield­ing due to high anx­i­ety lev­els stem­ming from fear of COVID-19

The exact approach required will vary from place to place, with some com­mu­ni­ties hav­ing a good under­stand­ing of assets and needs, where­as oth­er areas may need to devel­op this work. In all cas­es, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the VCS Com­mu­ni­ty Anchor organ­i­sa­tions will work with Ward Offi­cers, local Coun­cil­lors, Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ships lead­er­ship teams, Com­mu­ni­ty Action Brad­ford and Dis­trict (CAB&D) and those with con­nec­tions in local com­mu­ni­ties to devel­op a com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of exist­ing assets and iden­ti­fy poten­tial oppor­tu­ni­ties that could increase capac­i­ty in those communities.

Com­mu­ni­ties and neigh­bour­hoods need to feel con­fi­dent that with this is the oppor­tu­ni­ty to improve things for local peo­ple and that they will have con­trol over poten­tial solu­tions. Small Grants Fund­ing and sup­port will be avail­able to facil­i­tate the devel­op­ment of solu­tions with the aim of cre­at­ing sus­tain­able oppor­tu­ni­ties to improve health and well­be­ing and meet these priorities.

The resources are avail­able for 7 months only and there­fore can­not be spent on things requir­ing fund­ing going for­ward beyond March 2022. Devel­op­ments must be self-sus­tain­ing by the com­mu­ni­ties or ser­vices themselves.

This mod­el has demon­strat­ed to be an effec­tive way of reach­ing projects and small­er organ­i­sa­tions who can ben­e­fit from com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment work as well as strength­en­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ships and leav­ing a lega­cy with­in com­mu­ni­ties. This pro­pos­al has been put togeth­er in con­junc­tion with the sec­tor and the Com­mu­ni­ty Anchors.

The VCS Alliance are pro­vid­ing the following:

  • Project set up
  • Cen­tral finan­cial admin­is­tra­tion and distribution
  • Col­la­tion of mon­i­tor­ing and final evaluation
  • Sup­port and co-ordi­na­tion for local Com­mu­ni­ty Anchor organisations


Criteria for applicants

  • This fund­ing is only open to not-for-prof­it Vol­un­tary and Com­mu­ni­ty Sec­tor organ­i­sa­tions and Social Enter­pris­es. Pri­vate busi­ness­es, sole traders, indi­vid­u­als or statu­to­ry organ­i­sa­tions are not eligible.
  • Projects must demon­strate how the fund­ing will be used to sup­port the health and well­be­ing of peo­ple in the respec­tive area.
  • Appli­cants must be able to explain how the project will be sus­tain­able into the future, once the project peri­od has finished.
  • Projects must describe how they will ensure that activ­i­ties are deliv­ered in Covid-secure ways.
  • Projects must not dupli­cate exist­ing ser­vices or activities.
  • Projects must not cov­er work under­tak­en by exist­ing statu­to­ry health and care services.


Application Process

There is a sim­ple appli­ca­tion process using a sim­ple and acces­si­ble form.

Appli­ca­tions will be assessed by an inde­pen­dent deci­sion-mak­ing pan­el which will include local Ward Officers/Councillors. The assess­ment will be based on how the group is plan­ning to meet the stat­ed pri­or­i­ties in their area of work, using a com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment approach.

Please apply using the online form available here

The dead­line for appli­ca­tions is Fri­day 30th July 2021 at 5pm.


Funding Available

The size of grants avail­able depends on the dif­fer­ent areas. Please make sure that you are clear on the lim­it for the area you’re apply­ing for. If you apply for more than the max­i­mum amount, for your area, you will only be eli­gi­ble for that max­i­mum amount.

Com­mu­ni­ty Partnership

Appli­ca­tion limits

Brad­ford City and Hor­ton Col­lab­o­ra­tive (CP6)

£250 — £750

BD4+ Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship (CP9)

£250 — £500

Wharfedale Com­mu­ni­ty Partnership

£250 — £1000

Part of the rea­son for these dif­fer­ences are the lev­els of fund­ing avail­able being very lim­it­ed and varies depend­ing on the Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship area. They are try­ing to bal­ance ensur­ing that as many organ­i­sa­tions are able to ben­e­fit, whilst ensur­ing that all the mon­ey is spent. How the fund­ing is allo­cat­ed will be decid­ed by each local Deci­sion-Mak­ing Panel.

Organ­i­sa­tions can apply for more than one grant in each Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship area, if they have access to a num­ber of dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ty groups. The key focus is for local com­mu­ni­ty groups to have an own­er­ship of the opportunity.

Organ­i­sa­tions who have not pre­vi­ous­ly received fund­ing, and those who have pre­vi­ous­ly received fund­ing AND have sat­is­fac­to­ri­ly returned Eval­u­a­tion Forms will be pri­ori­tised. If you are unsure if any of your organisation’s pre­vi­ous Eval­u­a­tion Forms have been received, please check before sub­mit­ting your application.


Outcomes and Monitoring

Suc­cess­ful appli­cants will be required to report the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion about those they reach with their activity:

  • How their project went
  • The num­ber of peo­ple reached
  • Their self-report­ed gender
  • Their self-report­ed age ranges (0–10, 11–18, 19–30, 31–50, 51–65, 65+)
  • Their self-report­ed evi­dence of improv­ing health and wellbeing
  • Case Stud­ies

Progress Updates should be sub­mit­ted online by Fri­day 26th Novem­ber 2021 via

The dead­line for return­ing your final End of Project Report is Fri­day 25th March 2022 via


Community Anchor Support

Sup­port to devel­op projects and to com­plete appli­ca­tions is avail­able for grass roots VCS organ­i­sa­tions from these local Com­mu­ni­ty Anchor Organisations:

Com­mu­ni­ty Partnership

Com­mu­ni­ty Anchor Organisation

Brad­ford City and Hor­ton Col­lab­o­ra­tive (CP6)

Brad­ford Trident

BD4+ Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship (CP9)

Healthy Lifestyle Solutions

Wharfedale Com­mu­ni­ty Partnership

Ilk­ley Good Neighbours

A copy of this guid­ance is avail­able to down­load below.

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