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NHS priority wards funding

A national NHS review of the negative impact socio-economic deprivation has on health outcomes has identified five council wards in Blackpool as areas to take priority action. As part of this approach the NHS is making funding available to support the delivery of changes by local community-based groups and organisations. Blackpool Council is administering this funding on behalf of NHS.

We are looking for a range of innovative ideas and a wide range of projects to be delivered in the five council wards.

The council wards identified are:

  • Bloomfield
  • Claremont
  • Park
  • Talbot
  • Tyldesley 

Ultimately the aim of this project is to reduce unplanned hospitalisations. However, we recognise that the things that impact on someone’s health leading to an unplanned hospitalisation are often wider than the fact that a person has a particular health condition. As a result, we are looking for bids that will implement practical interventions to address wider determinants of health including: 

  • Personal advice, advocacy, and signposting
  • Lifestyle related risks factors
  • Community asset development
  • Strengthening community resilience
  • Strengthening individual resilience 

Who can apply, and how much is available?

  • Applications can be made by voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector organisations (VCFSE), schools and early years settings based in Blackpool to support Blackpool residents in the five identified council wards
  • Organisations must have a community bank account with two signatories (not at the same address)
  • The account must be in the name of the community group, we will require evidence
  • Organisations must have a written constitution, we may request evidence
  • Organisations will need to have valid public liability insurance. For projects that provide food and refreshments food hygiene accreditations will need to be in place. Organisations that have paid employees will also require employers’ liability insurance. We may request evidence of these requirements
  • There is no lower financial limit. We would like to encourage a broad range of innovative applications. We welcome joint applications. The maximum we will fund is £10,000 per project although we would expect this to be exceptional and involve multiple partners. Reasonable administration expenses (e.g. room hire, volunteer expenses) may be claimed. The interventions proposed in bids must be delivered within the five identified council ward areas
  • We aim to give a response within seven days and your project should be ready to start as soon as possible
  • Funding needs to be spent by 31 March 2023 at the latest
  • You need to answer all questions on the application form

There are some things that we are not able to fund:

  • Public or private sector organisations and sole traders. Applications from schools will be considered
  • Organisations that are not constituted and that do not have a bank account in their own name
  • Your usual running costs and core expenses
  • Capital projects
  • Consultants fees
  • Retrospective costs for money already spent or projects that have already started
  • Projects that benefit public or private enterprise or statutory activities
  • Cost of alcohol
  • Mortgage repayments, associated costs, and council tax
  • Political and religious activities
  • Activities not benefiting Blackpool residents in the five identified council wards
  • Trips and excursions 

Evidence of outcomes

As part of the funding criteria we're keen to see evidence of outcomes against your application.

End of project report 

Each successful organisation will be expected to provide an end of project summary to include information on activity delivered, uptake, outcomes and feedback from participants. We may also contact you during the course of your project to discuss progress. Larger projects may also be requested to provide interim progress reports. 

Where photos and case studies are included organisations must ensure they have received permission to share. 

How to apply for funding and conditions

  • Applications need to be submitted by completing the application form available by email request to
  • There is currently no closing date although we reserve the right to withdraw funding at any time
  • Applications will be assessed and scored by a panel of officers and we aim to notify you of the outcome of your application as soon as possible
  • Any information provided will be shared with Blackpool Council and NHS Lancashre and South Cumbria ICB
  • Your project needs to be able to start as soon as possible
  • Payment will be made into the bank account specified in your application. We may request documentation to verify the account details
  • Applicants will need to accept our funding conditions. An end of project report will be required and we may contact you from time to time to discuss progress and monitor the success of your project. We will request an interim report for larger projects. 

Further questions

If you would like to discuss your proposal and ideas with us before final submission to us this can be arranged. Please email and we will get in touch with you.