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Grant funding for VCS organisations delivering NHS services

Grants are a fundamentally important part of the funding mix for the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS). However, in the post-Health and Social Care Act commissioning landscape there has been some confusion about the roles of grants and mechanisms for grant funding.

NHS England has launched a Bite-size Guide to Grants for commissioners (http://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs-standard-contract/15-16/), aiming to help clinical commissioners better understand grant funding. VCS organisations might find it useful if they are working with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

This outlines the benefits and principles of providing grant funding for the VCS and suggests practical steps for commissioners about using grants to support priorities. It has been published alongside a non-mandatory grant agreement which CCGs are able to use and adapt.

This is part of wider work by the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership, of which FaithAction is a member, to support the voluntary sector with health commissioning: