New funding round opens for voluntary groups in West Lancashire

West Lancs CVS is pleased to announce a new round of grants for the local voluntary sector, made possible by funding from West Lancs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The CCG investment of £100,000 into the West Lancs voluntary sector will create a series of grant pots for organisations to apply into for funding. Groups can apply for projects which use behaviour change approaches to improve health and wellbeing across the three Primary Care Networks (PCN) areas of West Lancashire: Skelmersdale and Upholland; Ormskirk and Aughton; and Burscough, Parbold and the Northern Parishes.

This funding round is a repeat of last year’s grants, when CCG investment first enabled the creation of a grant funding pot for the West Lancs voluntary sector. In that 2018-19 funding round, CCG grants were awarded to a wide range of organisations working to improve health and wellbeing across West Lancs. These included a Connected Counselling service, a partnership involving the Birchwood Centre, Yewdale Counselling Service and West Lancs Bereavement Counselling Service which supports people undergoing counselling locally to also tackle life issues such as debt, housing problems, family problems, thereby enhancing the impact of counselling on the individual. Among the small grants awarded was one to Upholland Scouts for a canoeing project to engage hard to reach teenagers, another to a Wellbeing Cafe in Burscough run by Burscough Community hub, and an innovative outreach project by SWICAN offering welfare rights advice to isolated areas of the Borough.

Greg Mitten, West Lancs CVS Chief Officer says,

‘We are delighted that the CCG has committed to invest in the voluntary sector again this year through these grants. I have no doubt that the projects developed by voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups will be highly effective in finding new ways of working in partnership with our community to support health improvement. This is about developing partnership working, utilising our local community assets and thinking ‘outside the box’.

The total grant pot is £100,000 and there are three sizes of funding pots available to local charities and voluntary groups:

  • Funding Application A – Partnership proposals – from £10,000 to £20,000.
    Read the guidance for Fund A and download the application form for Fund A.

  • Funding Application B – Individual grant proposals – from £1,000 to £10,000.
    Read the guidance for Fund B and download the application form for Fund B.

  • Funding Application C – Small Funding Pots – up to £1,000.
    Read the guidance for Fund C and download the application form for Fund C.

The closing date for Funding Application C is 5pm on 20 November 2019

The closing date for Funding Applications A and B is 5pm on 4 December 2019


Larger organisations will be encouraged to work in partnership alongside local smaller organisations, as well as making good use of community venues and services.

If you would like to apply please read the summary document.

Please read the guidance for each pot carefully and adhere to the word limit (use it as a guide to how detailed the answers should be).

If you have any questions please contact Vicky Attwood.

New CVS training programme

Details of our 2019-20 training programme have just been published. Courses include:

  • What’s your digital plan?
  • Step up into volunteering
  • Your group, your neighbourhood (ABCD)
  • Recruiting and retaining volunteers
  • Introduction to volunteering
  • RSPH Level 2 Understanding health improvement (Health Champion training)

Full details can be found here.

In addition to the above courses, we can also offer training on request to groups on:

  • Accurate Record Keeping
  • Health champion ‘bite-size’ tasters
  • Introduction to Fundraising
  • Safeguarding Children

We can also supply information on availability of  Emergency First Aid at Work and Food Hygiene courses.

For information on any CVS training opportunities, please contact Helen Jones on 0165-733737 or email