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.