Clos­ing Date — Wednes­day 1st Decem­ber 12 noon.

Please note this round will only cov­er 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
  • Empow­ers com­mu­ni­ties to con­trol their futures and cre­ate tan­gi­ble resources such as ser­vices, funds and buildings.

(Foot and Hop­kins 2010)

Project Description

The 4 Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ships involved this time, and their approx­i­mate areas are:

  • Bin­g­ley Bub­ble Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship (CP3) – Ship­ley, Bail­don, Bingley
  • Brad­ford – Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship 6 (CP6) — Brad­ford City and Hor­ton Collaborative
  • Brad­ford – Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship 7 (CP7) — Royds geo­graph­i­cal area
  • Wharfedale Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship — Ilk­ley, Adding­ham, Bur­ley in Wharfedale and Silsden

The above CP areas show approx­i­mate geo­graph­i­cal areas.

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:

Joint Work­ing Agreement

Com­mu­ni­ty PartnershipPri­or­i­ties
Bin­g­ley Bub­ble Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship (CP3)Activ­i­ties to sup­port younger peo­ple, includ­ing chil­dren, teenagers, and young adults whose men­tal health may have been affect­ed by the pan­dem­ic.
Activ­i­ties to address iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness, par­tic­u­lar­ly old­er peo­ple who have lost con­fi­dence to go out and meet up with others. 
Brad­ford City and Hor­ton Col­lab­o­ra­tive (CP6)Improv­ing Men­tal Health
Work­ing with Children/Young peo­ple
Reduc­ing Res­pi­ra­to­ry issues
Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship 7 (CP7)Activ­i­ties that seek to reduce the impact of lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion
Inter­ven­tions and activ­i­ties that encour­age social mix­ing.
Sup­port­ing and build­ing people’s con­fi­dence to socialise and begin step­ping back into a more nor­mal way of life.
Wharfedale Com­mu­ni­ty PartnershipSup­port­ing 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 4 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 Anchor.

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

A doc­u­ment with a set of the ques­tions can be down­loaded below, for the pur­pose of assist­ing appli­cants with plan­ning their appli­ca­tions, it should NOT be used for applying.

The dead­line for appli­ca­tions is Wednes­day 1st Decem­ber 2021 at noon.

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 PartnershipAppli­ca­tion limits
Bin­g­ley Bub­ble Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship (CP3)£250 — £750
Brad­ford City and Hor­ton Col­lab­o­ra­tive (CP6)£250 — £750
Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship 7 (CP7)£500 — £1000
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 as pos­si­ble 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.

Joint Work­ing Agreement

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 28th Jan­u­ary 2022 using this link:

Final Eval­u­a­tion should be sub­mit­ted online by Fri­day 25th March 2022 using this link:­U­A­TION

Joint Work­ing Agreement

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 PartnershipCom­mu­ni­ty Anchor Organisation
Bin­g­ley Bub­ble Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship (CP3)CABAD
Brad­ford City and Hor­ton Col­lab­o­ra­tive (CP6)Brad­ford Trident
Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ship 7 (CP7)Royds
Wharfedale Com­mu­ni­ty PartnershipIlk­ley Good Neighbours

ABCD 2021 Round 3 Guid­ance. PDF

ABCD 2021 Round 3 Guid­ance (Word download)

ABCD 2021 Round 3 Appli­ca­tion Form (Word Download)

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