Prevention & Communities Grants Programme launched by Adult Social Care

Thursday, 23 May, 2019

In support of Birmingham’s Adult Social Care Vision & Strategy and the Council’s investment in “Prevention First”, a new “Prevention & Communities” programme has been launched. This will provide grants to voluntary, community and social enterprise sector groups and organisations.  Over two years BCC is intending to invest up to £4.9million (£2.45million per annum) into activities, services, projects, facilities, groups and organisations which can support the Adult Social Care vision for every citizen to be able to live healthy, happy and independent lives in their own homes and communities.  This is a replacement and renewal of Birmingham City Council's (BCC) investment in the Third Sector Grants Programme, which comes to an end later this year.

The primary focus of the “Prevention & Communities” programme is on prevention and early intervention, creating the opportunities and environment which can prevent or delay the need for citizens’ dependence on statutory social care and health services.  This also includes providing alternative opportunities and options for citizens already in receipt of those services to help maximise health, happiness and independence.

To fulfil the ambitions of the programme, several priorities and themes have been identified where BCC’s investment might have the best and most significant impact.  These are:

  • Retaining and evolving existing investment in community and day opportunities, prevention and early intervention already being achieved through the existing Third Sector Grants Programme;
  • Supporting communities to be more inclusive of older people, people with disabilities and/or mental health conditions, who might otherwise feel excluded in their own neighbourhoods;
  • Recognising new and emerging evidence of what works, and in doing so developing new relationships with networks, sectors, groups and organisations where Adult Social Care is currently underinvested in.

Find out more

There are four sub-programmes of grants offering different opportunities, with accompanying restrictions and exclusions.  You can find all details about the grants and application forms and guidance on the Neighbourhood Network Scheme blog here

Details about these grants (including any rolling updates) can also be found on Find It In Birmingham 

All queries can be directed to the programme inbox which is PreventionandCommunities[at]birmingham.gov[dot]uk

Timelines

It is expected that all grants will start on 1st October with deadlines for submitting proposals to the Council on the following:

  • 12 pm on Friday 28th June 2019 – for “Community Opportunities” and “Prevention & Early Intervention” grants (see restrictions/exclusions)
  • 12 pm on Friday 26th July 2019 – for “Community Inclusion” and “New & Emerging” grants (see restrictions/exclusion)

Before submitting your proposal please ensure that it has been discussed with the relevant representatives in Birmingham City Council (PreventionandCommunities[at]birmingham.gov[dot]uk) and BVSC (RosieB[at]bvsc[dot]org).  This is a mandatory requirement for all proposals to be considered.

You can contact Rosie Barrett at BVSC for information on the drop in surgeries which are being arranged and for further support.

The first information event to support this will be on Friday 24 May 2019. For details click here.