Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations are encouraged to apply for a share of the Government's £3.3 million Health and Wellbeing Fund.
The latest round of the fund is based on the theme of 'starting well' and is aimed at improving outcomes for babies and their mothers in deprived areas or from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds from preconception up to two-and-a-half years of age.
The fund will pay for three-year projects run by voluntary and community groups and/or social enterprises to help level up deprived communities.
Public Health Minister Jo Churchill said, "Everyone deserves to live a long, healthy life, and we’re determined to reduce the inequality that some families face. We’re committed to start this work from birth, and the voluntary sector has an enormous role to play in its success.
"This year we have launched the Health and Wellbeing Fund which is centered around starting well, to make sure mothers have the help they need to make the right decisions to support their health, and the health of their babies."
The fund is open to applications from charity-run projects aimed at:
- Improving perinatal mental health
- Reducing the percentage of babies born with low birth weight
- Increasing babies being breastfed
- Obesity prevention and support
- Reducing smoking or encouraging smoke-free homes
- Improving learning, speech and language development
- Improving immunisation rates and reducing rates of preventable disease
The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 30 October 2020.
To apply to the scheme and find out more, click here.