Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations are invited to apply to the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2021/22. Now in its third round, the fund's theme for this year is tackling paediatric respiratory infections.
The aim of the fund is for VCSE sector organisations to provide advice and support to families and children’s services in order to strengthen national and local response to potential increases in paediatric respiratory infections, during autumn and winter 2021.
There have been fewer cases of these common infections than usual while society has been living under lockdown restrictions but as the world opens back up again, paediatric infections, such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), parainfluenza and human metapneumovirus, are likely to increase.
The fund is for VCSE organisations already providing services which could be extended to give extra support to those in need. Grants of between £75,000 and £300,000 are available. All funding must be spent by the end of March 2022. Applications from local VCSE organisations must justify why their locality needs the additional support; for example, because of deprivation or children’s respiratory illness are already prevalent in the community.
The fund is run by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England and NHS Improvement.
The closing date for applications is 12pm on Friday 27 August 2021.
Further information on the fund, including how to apply, can be found here.