The Thriving Communities Fund will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID19 and health inequalities.
Voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) organisations can apply for between £25,000 and £50,000, but to be eligible all applications must:
- Include 20% match funding, which could include in-kind contribution
- Evidence a commitment of three core partner organisations – including at least one partner organisation from the arts and culture sector – at the point the application is made.
- A statement of support from the relevant social prescribing link worker(s)
- Commitment to work with partner organisations from all of the following sectors in the course of the funded period: Arts, and culture, including libraries, museums and heritage; Sport, leisure and physical activity organisations; Financial wellbeing, advice, food and practical support; Environment and nature-based organisations; Non-statutory health and care organisations, working with social prescribing link workers.
To support the VCFS to apply for Thriving Communities, Surrey County Council and Surrey Heartlands are running a matching funding and partnership panel. This panel will provide the eligibility requirements set out above. In addition, any applications made to the panel which are unsuccessful at securing Thriving communities funding, will be considered for full funding from Surrey County Council and Surrey Heartlands.
How it will work:
- VCFS organisation develop their ideas and application, inline with the Thriving Communities application form.
- If you would like to apply to the SCC/Surrey Heartlands Panel for match funding or partnership commitment, please send a draft copy of your Thriving Communities application to: Rebecca.Brooker@surreycc.gov.uk by 5pm on 5th January, along with the cover template attached, showing clearly what match funding you require.
- Applications will be reviewed on 6th January by the panel, which will include a social prescribing link worker and representatives of arts and culture, leisure/physical activity, environment and health sectors.
- The panel will review the applications and decide which will receive match funding and the partnership commitment.
- Applicants to the panel will be informed whether they have been allocated any match funding by 5pm on 6th January.
- Applicants will then need to finalise their Thriving Communities application and submit it online, in line with the Thriving Communities requirements and deadline of 8th January.
- A second panel date will consider if any applications can be fully funded from SCC/Surrey Heartlands if they are unsuccessful at securing Thriving Communities funding.
- The offer of match funding and partnership commitment does not guarantee the applicants success in the Thriving Communities fund. The applicant must apply to the Thriving Communities Fund independently of applying to the panel.
- Match funding will only be paid on an applicant’s successful award of Thriving Communities funding. If an applicant is unsuccessful at securing Thriving Communities funding, the match funding will not be paid.
- Applicants can apply to the panel for match funding, partnership commitment or both. What they require should be clear in their application, using the cover template attached.
- The panel aims to support VCFS application to the Thriving Communities fund. It does not stop applicants progressing an application to Thriving Communities independently. Applicants who do not wish to apply to the panel for match funding or partnership commitment, may progress their application directly with Thriving Communities if they wish.
- The panel is open to application which will support Surrey residents within all Surrey NHS areas.
- We understand that deadlines for Thriving Communities are very short, especially with Christmas holidays. We have tried to accommodate these deadlines as much as possible. Applications that are not sufficiently finalised to apply for Thriving Communities will still be considered for potential full funding by SCC/Surrey Heartlands, but applicants will need to share their idea with the panel by 5th January deadline as above.
- Projects within the Thriving Communities fund will run for a year including planning and delivery time. They are expected to commence on 15 March 2021, and end on 31 March 2022.