North Tyneside CCG and North Tyneside Council have created a new fund to support voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations active in North Tyneside to address existing health inequalities in the borough. The fund is being administered by VODA.

Organisations currently active in North Tyneside can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 to be spent between 1 May 2022 and 30 October 2023.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Tuesday 15 February, 2022

Organisations are invited to apply to the fund via an online application process. Once an organisation has completed an initial eligibility quiz they will be emailed a link to access the full application form. The full application form must be completed in one sitting as it is not possible to save progress. We recommend downloading this offline version of the application form and associated guidance notes in preparation for making an application.

Information Event

We recently hosted an information event for those interested in applying. You can watch the recording of this event here.

Application Criteria

Applications must address one or more of the following three objectives highlighted in the Equally Well Strategy published recently by North Tyneside’s Health and Wellbeing Board:

Equal life chances for all
We are looking to fund work that supports people to live healthier lifestyles, with a focus on areas and populations of greatest need and people at different stages of life. This might include setting up peer support groups, running learning events, offering exercise sessions, and developing creative ways to share positive health messages. The difference we hope to see as a result of this work is people feeling more knowledgeable and confident to be able to live healthier lifestyles.

Thriving places and communities
We are looking to fund activities that improve access to our natural environment as well as other local community assets. There are established physical and mental health benefits from improving access to these spaces such as reduced levels of obesity in children and young people, higher levels of physical activity and reductions in a number of long-term conditions. North Tyneside has some fantastic spaces but we know that some populations and people at different stages of life are less likely to access them.

Maintaining independence
We are looking to fund activities that help to support residents whose confidence and independence has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Loneliness and isolation has been worsened by the pandemic due to lockdown, restrictions in social mixing, sheltering of certain groups and working from home. Loneliness and isolation are associated with an increase in behaviours that can lead to negative physical and mental health. We are looking to fund activity that leads to reduced feelings of loneliness and isolation and increased feelings of independence.

This grants programme aims to be more than just an offer of funding. In order to build an evidence base of what works and to help identify scalable solutions all successful applicants are expected to attend six-monthly learning and development sessions. These sessions will be delivered in partnership with Goodlabs – a local management consultancy that helps charitable organisations to enhance their social impact.

Further Information

(Please note the Guidance for applicants has been updated as of 13/1/22).

Guidance for applicants
Frequently asked questions
Equally Well strategy
Online Application

For further information about this programme please email admin@voda.org.uk.