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Department of Health innovation fund opens

17 July 2012

The Fund provides grants from one to three years to support proposals in the health and care field with the potential for national impact in line with DoH objectives of better health and wellbeing and better care for all.

The available funding is very limited, and to be successful, organisations will need to have a clear focus on how their proposals would support and drive forward new ideas, disseminate and replicate excellence or undertake strategic developments in voluntary sector capacity and/or capability in the health and care field.

Further, to be eligible for investment, the activities of the project must have, or plan to have an effect nationally. For example, a locally-based proposal can be said to have the potential for having an effect nationally if it is trying out new solutions for services that have not been tried before and the learning or good practice can be shared or copied in other areas of the country. Proposals with a purely local effect will not be considered.

Registered charities and organisations that are not-for-profit and incorporated, and based and working in England may apply. Organisations can apply individually or in partnership with others.

There are three strands under the 2013-14 funding round: Innovation; Excellence; and Strategic Development.

There are no maximum or minimum amounts but bids should be realistic and incorporate full cost recovery as funding is very limited. As a guide 74 projects received funding under the scheme in 2012-2013 with awards ranging from around £16,000 to £240,000 (for the first-year allocations).

There are two deadlines for the 2013-14 application round:
7th September 2012 for registration and eligibility. 21st September 2012 for applications.

For further information about the fund: Click Here

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Contact Us

Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
Manchester
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301
Email: info@vsnw.org.uk