The King’s Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) are joining forces to support genuine partnership-working in local areas between the voluntary and community sector, the NHS and local authorities to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities. The Healthy communities together programme will offer up to £3 million of grant funding and £850,000 of leadership development support to place-based partnerships.

The programme will enable partners to develop their relationships, to identify and agree what they need to work together more effectively to ensure the involvement of organisations working across communities, and to collaboratively create a plan to deliver meaningful change.

Both The National Lottery Community Fund and The King’s Fund are committed to delivering the Healthy communities together programme. However, due to the ongoing and developing situation with COVID-19, and the additional pressures that this is placing on the voluntary and community sector, local authorities and NHS organisations, we have decided to allow additional time and extend the deadline for the submission of expressions of interest.

The deadline for expressions of interest is now Wednesday 27th May.
We recognise that the situation is still rapidly evolving and will therefore keep this new date under review. If we do have to make any further changes we will communicate these as soon as possible.

Who can apply?

The Healthy communities together programme will fund partnerships that must include:

  • a voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisation
  • a local authority
  • an NHS organisation (including clinical commissioning groups, NHS trusts and primary care organisations).

Each partnership most cover a defined ‘place’ in England – although it is up to the partners to outline the scale of that place and how it relates to the needs they want to address together.

It is expected that partnerships will have at least some foundations in place, such as a locally agreed ambition or some experience of working together, ie, the partnership will not be people or organisations who are meeting each other for the first time. But equally, the partnership will not be so mature that it has already developed and embedded ways of working together: there must still be learning available for trying out ‘what works’.

What support is available?

The programme is formed of two phases. In phase one, a maximum of six areas will receive up to £50,000 funding from TNLCF and a package of learning and development support from The King’s Fund for up to nine months to develop their partnership and a project plan to improve health and wellbeing that they would like to take forward.

At the end of this phase, each site will be invited to apply for phase two of the programme including funding of up to £450,000 and ongoing learning and development support for a maximum of three years.

How to apply

If you’re interested in applying, you’ll need to complete a short form to ascertain whether your partnership is eligible for the programme. You will need to confirm you have a partnership in place and demonstrate the commitment of the organisations involved at a senior level. You will also need to have a clear and shared idea of what you want to do and why.

Full details of the programme and the form to establish the eligibility of your partnership for this programme can be found on The National Lottery Community Fund website.

The deadline for submission is Wednesday 27 May 2020.

For more information

For further information on this programme, please contact the Advice Team at The National Lottery Community Fund on 0345 4 10 20 30 or by email at

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