This week, NHS Liverpool CCG Governing Body approved investment of up to £3m over three years to introduce a grant scheme to support small community groups and organisations to improve health and wellbeing in Liverpool.
Maureen Williams, Deputy Chair for LCCG said "We recognise the important role of community and voluntary organisations in supporting health and wellbeing and are proud to bring forward this innovative approach. The grant scheme will invite community groups to propose projects that they think will improve health, using their local skills and knowledge. We think this will have a major positive impact for Liverpool and builds up social approaches to improving health alongside clinical treatments."
Liverpool CCG has a five year strategy directing its work, the Healthy Liverpool
Programme, and groups are invited to suggest schemes that support the priority areas in the strategy.
There will be small grants up to £10,000 available and larger grants of up to £105,000 over 3 years.
Nadim Fazlani, GP and chair of LCCG said "We envisage the grants will have a huge impact on improving health and reducing inequalities. It is important for us, as a CCG to build understanding and partnerships between community groups and GPs. The grants aim to enable community groups to take action to improve health in ways they know will work for them."
Women led social enterprises and trading charities based in Merseyside may be eligible for free support from an expert to put together their grant application through the Big Enterprise in Communities Programme. To check eligibility and be linked with a social enterprise specialist adviser please contact The Women's Organisation on 0151 706 8111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Full details of the scheme are available at www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk