Please note that this 19–20 Round only cov­ered cer­tain geo­graph­i­cal areas.

Progress Updates should be sub­mit­ted online here.

End of Project Reports should be sub­mit­ted online here.



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.

Fol­low­ing a huge­ly suc­cess­ful ini­tial tranche of fund­ing from Brad­ford City and Dis­tricts Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Groups (CCG), which fund­ed 272 com­mu­ni­ty-based projects between 2018 and 2019, 5 of Bradford’s Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ships 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. 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 5 Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ships involved this time, and their approx­i­mate areas are:

  • Bin­g­ley Bub­ble (North 3) — Bin­g­ley, North Bail­don, Cross­flatts, Culling­worth and Wilsden
  • Together4Health (Cen­tral 4) — Man­ning­ham, Girling­ton, Heaton and Frizinghall
  • Cen­tral 6 — West Bowl­ing, Lit­tle Horton
  • The Vil­lage Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship (South 8) — Clay­ton, Den­holme, Thorn­ton, Queens­bury and Wyke
  • South 10 — Man­ning­ham, Girling­ton, Heaton, Aller­ton, Low­er Grange, Clay­ton and Wrose

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 these local pri­or­i­ties they are work­ing to address and are invit­ing appli­ca­tions for grass roots VCS projects to help with this work:

Com­mu­ni­ty Partnership Pri­or­i­ty
Bin­g­ley Bub­ble (North 3) Enhanced sup­port for peo­ple liv­ing in nurs­ing and res­i­den­tial homes
Enhanced sup­port for peo­ple with com­plex needs e.g. peo­ple with severe frailty demen­tia, motor neu­rone dis­ease or Parkinson’s disease.
Enhanced sup­port for carers/families of peo­ple with com­plex needs
Together4Health (Cen­tral 4) Improv­ing health and well­be­ing of chil­dren of all ages
Enhanced sup­port for peo­ple with diabetes
Pro­mot­ing com­mu­ni­ty con­ver­sa­tions around end of life care
Tack­ling lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion across all ages
Enhanced sup­port for peo­ple with com­plex needs
Cen­tral 6 Enhanced sup­port for peo­ple with diabetes
Pro­mot­ing com­mu­ni­ty con­ver­sa­tions around end of life care
Improv­ing health and well­be­ing of chil­dren of all ages
Enhanced sup­port for peo­ple with com­plex needs
The Vil­lage Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship (South 8) Social iso­la­tion & loneliness
Self-care, social pre­scrib­ing, liv­ing well
Sup­port for peo­ple with com­plex needs and long-term conditions
South 10 Tack­ling lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion across all ages
Pro­mot­ing self-care, liv­ing well
Improv­ing youth health

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 one year only and there­fore can­not be spent on things requir­ing fund­ing going for­ward. 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.

BVCSA will pro­vide the following:

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

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.

The dead­line for this round of appli­ca­tions is Mon­day 3rd Feb­ru­ary 2020 at 5pm.

Funding Available

Local com­mu­ni­ty groups will be able to apply for two dif­fer­ent sizes of grant:

  • Small — £500 — £1000
  • Large — £1000 — £3000

Please note how­ev­er, that the fund­ing avail­able is lim­it­ed and varies depend­ing on the Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship area. How the fund­ing pot is allo­cat­ed, and the split between Small and Large awards will be decid­ed by each local Deci­sion-Mak­ing Pan­el. Organ­i­sa­tions will have to make their own deci­sion about which size of grant to apply for, and the respec­tive chances of success.

Organ­i­sa­tions can apply for more than one grant 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
  • 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

The dead­line for return­ing a Progress Update about your project is Fri­day 24th July 2020.

Progress Updates should be sub­mit­ted online here.

 The dead­line for return­ing your final Eval­u­a­tion Form about your project is Mon­day 14th Decem­ber 2020.

End of Project Reports should be sub­mit­ted online here.

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