VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2019-20: Children and Young People's Mental Health

Status:  Open to applications

Application Deadline: 15 February 2019


Funding is available for not-for-profit voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in England to run projects focused on improving children and young people's mental health.
Fund Value: £ 500,000

Value Notes

A total sum of £500,000 is available per applicant for projects for a period of three years.

Extended Description

In 2017 the Department of Health changed the way it funds the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. It replaced the Strategic Partner Programme with a new national partnership, the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

Through the Alliance, the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England will work with VCSE organisations to promote equality and address health inequalities and help people, families and communities to achieve and maintain wellbeing.

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • Build evidence of sustainable, scalable solutions to mitigate and prevent inequalities impacting on health and wellbeing of communities.
  • Encourage co-production in the creation of person-centred, community-based health and care which promotes equality for all.
  • Enable the voice of people with lived experience and those experiencing health inequalities to inform national policy making and shape the delivery of services.

The programme will seek to achieve its objectives through two co-dependent funded mechanisms:

  • A national partnership arrangement: the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance.
  • Funding for bespoke projects: the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund. This will have one specific theme each year.

Each round focuses on a different theme. The theme for 2017-18 was social prescribing.

The current round of funding will focus on children and young people’s mental health.

Latest Information

The deadline for applications is 15 February 2019 (midday).

Meet the funder webinars will be held on 28 November, 30 November, 3 December, 6 December, 10 December and 14 December                                  

Key Criteria

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be based and registered in England and plan to operate this project in England only.
  • Not apply for grant funding amount of more than 25% of their current annual turnover, as demonstrated by their audited or independently examined accounts.
  • Have been working or specialising in mental health for children and young people for at least the last three years.
  • Demonstrate that they have a clear connection to work within local communities (either as a local or national VCSE organisation).

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is for existing schemes to trial a new approach to help children and young people with their mental health.

Projects should:

  • Adopt community and person-centred approaches to improving the mental health of children and young people aged 0 to 25 years.
  • Particularly support children and young people through life-changing events.
  • Have strong local connections already in place.
  • Be delivered by the VCSE sector.
  • Be co-produced with service users and stakeholders.

The expansion of projects should enable the testing of a new approach within an existing project to reach a different audience (either age range or demographic).

Match Funding

Match funding is required.


A full list of exclusions can be found in the guidance notes.

Application Procedure

An application pack and application form can be found on the GOV.UK website.

The completed application form should be submitted by email.

Applicants are encouraged to join one of the ‘Meet the funder’ webinars:

  • 28 November 2018, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • 30 November 2018, 9.30am to 11am
  • 3 December 2018, 10am to 11.30am
  • 6 December 2018, 2.30pm to 4pm
  • 10 December 2018, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • 14 December 2018, 10am to 11.30pm

They can book a place by sending an email to

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.
Contact details:
Voluntary and Community Sector Engagement Team
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) 
39 Victoria Street