Healthy Neighbourhoods Funding Scheme

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the Healthy Neighbourhoods Funding Scheme.

This new grant programme for West Lancashire looks to support organisations who work with residents to address the inequalities they experience.  People who live in communities affected by health inequalities die younger and the final years of their lives are likely to be afflicted by a range of life limiting illnesses and conditions.

The grant scheme is now open and will close on 18th January 2023.

Funded by the Lancashire & South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (West Lancashire), grant funding is available to organisations that work locally with our communities to address barriers to good health i.e. deprivation, ethnicity, sexual orientation, immigration status, gender, care leavers and disability including issues with mental health.

We particularly welcome applications from organisations which:

  • Work with residents to improve their access to transportation, good quality housing and healthcare
  • Work with residents to improve their life chances by accessing learning & training and employment
  • Support residents to receive all of the income support they are entitled to
  • Support residents to address factors that put their health at risk e.g. smoking, alcohol misuse, drug misuse, low physical activity
  • Support residents whose health is affected by others putting them at risk e.g. domestic abuse, sexual abuse
  • Support families to help them provide a healthy environment for pregnant women and children under five


As well as providing funding for groups who provide practical help to these residents (Addressing Barriers), we also have funding to offer organisations that promote self-advocacy amongst these groups of people and, in some circumstances, the wider community.  These ‘Peoples’ Voice’ grants are available to organisations that help our communities to be heard, specifically across the issues listed above, although broader involvement initiatives will be considered. Bids can be submitted for either the Addressing Barriers or the Peoples’ Voice pot but applications that address both will be particularly welcomed.

This year, the funding is focused on those within our population who are most in need, using a funding formula associated with deprivation.

The funding available for each area is summarised below:

Northern Parishes Ormskirk / Aughton Skelmersdale / Upholland
Peoples’ Voice and Community Groups – £60,000 £7,766 £7,526 £44,708
Community Large and Small Grants – £130,000 £16,826 £16,308 £96,866

Organisations working in the Northern Parishes (including Burscough, Parbold, Rufford and surrounding areas) and Ormskirk/ Aughton can bid for grants up to £1,000 or £5,000 for either or for both pots.

Larger grants are available for organisations based in Skelmersdale/ Upholland – £1,000, £5,000 or £10,000 for either or for both pots.

Successful applications are likely to:

  • Clearly meet one, or more, of the grant criteria
  • Provide a distinct picture of what you will deliver with the grant and what this will achieve
  • Provide evidence for why the grant is needed
  • Outline the difference the work will make to residents’ lives and how this will be measured
  • Demonstrates understanding of inequalities and a commitment to health equity.

West Lancs CVS is pleased to again be the trusted partner for the distribution of the ICB grant programme and we are committed to helping community and voluntary organisations in our borough access the funding.

If you’re not sure how your organisation fits or would like more information, please contact Vicky –