Working in partnership, The King’s Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund will support up to six local areas for up to four years, helping to develop more effective partnerships between voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations and the NHS and local authorities in their area.
The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the United Kingdom, will provide substantial grant funding to build capacity and enable areas to invest in new approaches and new ways of working in partnership.
The King’s Fund will provide bespoke support to each area, such as facilitating work across the local health system, providing evidence of how best to integrate care and support in a place, and challenging organisations to think differently. The King’s Fund will also distil learning from the areas taking part and share it more widely.
Applications for Healthy communities together are due to open in spring 2020, and the pilot areas will start work later in the year. The programme is open to applications from groups of VCS and public sector organisations working together in a local area in England and is designed to target areas experiencing the most disadvantage.