NHS England - Celebrating Involvement in Healthcare Community Grants

Status: Open to applications
Application Deadline: 20 September 2018


One-off grants are available for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in England that want to share examples of good practice where involving patients and the public in the work of the NHS have improved services.


Maximum Value: £ 2,500

Value Notes

The maximum grant available is £2,500.

The grant consists of two elements:

  • Up to £2,000 to create the project output.
  • Up to £500 to promote the project output.

Extended Description

As part of its commitment to involve patients and the public in its work, NHS England launched this small grants programme in 2015 to enable groups to showcase their good practice around patient and public involvement in healthcare. It is now available for a fourth year.

NHS England is providing a small number of grants to not-for-profit organisations who can tell the story of their patient and citizen engagement work in a creative and interesting way.

The good practice that is being shared must focus on how involving citizens and/or patients or carers have already made improvements to health care services.

Latest Information

The deadline for applications is 20 September 2018 (midnight).

Key Criteria     

Community groups, voluntary sector, social enterprises or patient organisations and not-for-profit organisations can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must be a formally constituted organisation, such as a:

  • Registered charity.
  • Constituted community organisation with terms of reference, clear governance arrangements and annually audited accounts.
  • Not-for-profit company Limited by Guarantee (Registered at Companies House).
  • Community Interest Company (CH or CIC Regulator).
  • Co-operative.
  • Industrial and Provident Society (also known as Registered Society).

Partnership working is encouraged; partners can be other voluntary sector organisations, private companies, or others. However, the lead partner must be a not-for-profit organisation.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for groups that would like to share with the NHS their good practice in a creative way. This can be in a wide variety of ways, such as with videos, photo or audio books, leaflets and posters, graphics or other formats.

To be eligible, applications must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have already carried out their patient/public/community involvement project. The grant is to be used to showcase something already done, not to start a new involvement project.
  • The project output should be appealing, creative and accessible and clearly show the good practice that has been developed.
  • The completed project being showcased must focus on how involving citizens and/or patients or carers, including people from diverse communities, has improved healthcare services and/or reduced health inequalities.
  • The community grant output must be hosted on the applicant’s website or another digital platform, agree to work collaboratively with NHS England to develop it and give NHS England permission to share it with its staff and networks.
  • The outputs of the project must be ready to share with NHS England by 15 March 2019.

The funding can be used to cover the full cost of the project output or to part fund the work.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Other NHS bodies.
  • Local authorities.
  • Companies run by local authorities.
  • Equipment, ie filming equipment, a minibus, or a computer.
  • Ongoing running costs for an existing project.
  • Training costs.
  • Perishable items, ie, subsistence/refreshments.
  • New involvement projects.
  • Website development including hosting costs.

Application Process

An online application form and guidelines can be found on the NHS England website.

Groups may also request a printed application form by sending an email to england.ppvcommunitygrants@nhs.net

Address & Contacts :

Application can be found on their website.

Contact details:
Public Participation Team
NHS England 
Zone 6, Sixth Floor, Skipton House 
80 London Road