Today, the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Berkshire West are announcing which voluntary sector organisations will receive grants from the Partnership Development Fund in 2017/18.
24 organisations will share a funding pot of £325,000. Details of the schemes and their share of the funding are published on each of the CCGs’ websites. Those who are receiving grants have been informed and will now be working towards their schemes going live from 1 April this year.
The 24 successful organisations were chosen from the 57 applications received by the CCGs, using the prioritisation criteria included in the application pack. The Partnership Development Fund was open for grant applications from 1 September to 14 October 2016.
Gabrielle Alford, Director of Joint Commissioning, NHS Berkshire West CCGs said: “Even though the NHS is experiencing serious financial difficulties, we are keen to continue to work with the voluntary and charity sector, even though the overall funding pot we can offer is smaller than in previous years.
“We considered the impact on patients of reducing or ceasing to fund schemes and prioritised those that will help to keep people out of hospital or to manage their health better.
“The successful applications were those that we believe will be contributing the most to the CCGs’ commissioning priorities in 2017/18 and that already have a strong track record in working with us.”
The Partnership Development Fund is one in a range of local, regional and national funding programmes and grant-making trusts. Involve Wokingham, Reading Voluntary Action and Volunteer Centre West Berkshire are good sources of advice for local charities and voluntary sector organisations who want to apply for grants to support their activities.
The full list of grants allocated is available here.