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Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund

The Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) has launched its fourth local grant and capacity building scheme.


The HSCVF local grant and capacity building scheme has been designed to improve the voluntary sector’s potential in the health, public health and social care landscape by helping them to become more sustainable.

The HSCVF differs from many other grant funding schemes as it aims to help organisations grow and develop, not just provide a short term input of grant monies. This is why the funding offer for all successful applicants includes both the tailored capacity building support package which aims to build organisational capacity that will assist with longer term sustainability and grant monies to develop volunteer-led service delivery through a discrete project.


The Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund’s (HSCVF) is an innovative capacity and grant funding programme which helps to build capable communities. The Local Grant and Capacity Building Scheme provides a combination of support to build the capacity and resilience of voluntary sector organisations (VSOs) and a grant to enable VSOs to test out a new area of work delivered by their volunteers. The integral support is designed to enable VSOs to play a more effective role in addressing health, public health and social care needs, alongside and in partnership with statutory services in their localities.

The design of this fourth local round of HSCVF funding has taken into account the recent operational changes to the NHS and how health / social care services are commissioned. At the same time, we also acknowledge the changing structures in the voluntary sector. The HSCVF local grant and capacity building scheme has been designed to improve the voluntary sector’s potential in the health, public health and social care landscape by helping them to become more sustainable.

Competition for the funding and support is likely to be high. It is anticipated that approximately 40 organisations will receive a package of capacity building support and project funding up to a maximum of £50,000 for multi-annual projects. Criteria for applying include: being a not for profit locally constituted organisation, having a track record in health and social care activity, having an established volunteer base, and having policies on equality, health and safety, and safeguarding of children and adults already in place.


Links and information

Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund website

Follow @HSCVF on Twitter

Information on the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (pdf)

A series of videos showing the impact of the HSCVF

For further information and assistance with applications,
Telephone: 0845 172 8058
Email: [email protected]