Keighley Community Health Grants

Grant size: £500 to £15,000 per year (up to £30,000 over 2 years)

Location: Keighley and Airedale

Deadline: 10/03/2020 at 12 noon

Keighley Community Health Grants

GiveBradford and Power to Change have come together with the aim of creating a community led health offer in Keighley.  We aim to improve health outcomes for people in Keighley by supporting community groups and community businesses to engage with social prescribing.

We want to provide funding and support to community organisations and community businesses, so that they can meet the health and wellbeing needs of people in Keighley, and to strengthen their capacity to engage with local GPs and health service commissioners.  Over a period of 3 years, we are hoping to support the development of a strong community health infrastructure in Keighley, and to ensure that community infrastructure is at the heart of the health system in Keighley and Airedale.

We are hoping to invest in and develop community led health solutions, and support them to be in a position to commissioned by the main-stream Health Service in the future.


What we mean by Social Prescribing:

Social prescribing is a way for NHS agencies to refer people to local services which can meet their needs. There are many people who end up at GP surgeries with issues that are social, not medical. By giving people time, focusing on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing, social prescribing connects people to community groups and other services for practical and emotional support. This also helps to reduce the pressure on local GP surgeries.

To make social prescribing work, we need to support existing community groups to be accessible and sustainable, and help people to start new groups, working collaboratively with all local partners.

Social prescribing works for a wide range of people, including people:

  • with one or more long-term conditions
  • who need support with their mental health
  • who are lonely or isolated
  • who have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing

When social prescribing works well, people can be easily referred from a wide range of local agencies, including general practice, pharmacies, multi-disciplinary teams, hospital discharge teams, allied health professionals, fire service, police, job centres, social care services, housing associations and voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.


Who can apply?

Community groups, charities, social enterprises, community businesses or other organisations from the third sector that:

  • Have a constitution or other relevant governance document
  • Have a management committee/board of directors/trustees of at least three unrelated people
  • Have a bank account under the name of the group with at least two unrelated signatories (if your organisation doesn’t have its own bank account, but does meet all of the other criteria, please contact us to discuss how we can work around this)
  • Are supporting people living in Keighley and the Airedale Community Partnership Area


What we mean by Community Businesses:

Power to Change is an independent trust, whose funding is used to strengthen community businesses across England.  No one understands a community better than the people who live there.  Community businesses revive local assets, protect the services people rely on, and address local needs. They play a huge role in addressing health inequalities and supporting people to improve their health and stay well. Power to Change has joined with GiveBradford to support the Keighley Community Health grants.

If your organisation can say yes to all the questions below, then you are a community business:

  • Are you locally rooted?
    You must be able to demonstrate that your organisation is rooted in a particular geographic place and responds to its needs.
  • Will you be accountable to the local community?
    Whether through a community share offer, membership, legal structure or regular community consultation, you will give local people real, ongoing decision making power to shape the business.
  • Will you be trading for the benefit of the local community?
    You are or you aspire to be a business with a clear trading model, selling services or products to people in your local area, with profits used to deliver local benefit. All or part of your income comes from activities like running community transport or selling the produce you grow.  If you have not yet begun trading but you have plans to do so and can explain how and when you expect to begin trading, this may be sufficient to meet the criteria.
  • Will your business have a broad community impact?
    Your organisation will benefit the community as a whole, and you can clearly evidence the positive social impact that your activities have on the broader community. It will be inclusive, and give opportunities for people with different abilities and backgrounds to get involved.


Size of Grant

There are two levels of grant.  Funding can support pilot projects and start-up costs, or contribute to expanding or developing your current trading or enterprising activity.

  • Kick Start grants (£500 – £4,000 for up to one year): for organisations with an idea that supports people to meet people’s health and wellbeing needs, but who need support to develop the idea into a full business plan. The Kick Start funding can be used to carry out research, set up a pilot or feasibility study, access expertise or consultancy, or any other activity that helps to develop your idea further.
  • Development grants (£4,001 – £15,000 per year for up to two years): available for services/activities that support people’s health and wellbeing. If you apply for this, we would expect you to have a clear plan, showing how the development investment will support you to grow. The service must be capable of being delivered on a sustainable basis e.g. through being contracted to deliver services or individuals paying for the service directly through personal budgets or self-funding.

Development grant recipients will be required to access the networking and training opportunities available through the Keighley Community Health programme as a condition of the grant.  These opportunities will be designed to help you engage with local NHS providers, building an infrastructure to support social prescribing in Keighley and Airedale.  If previously awarded a Kick Start Award, you must have spent the funding awarded and reported on impact before you can apply for Development Investment.


What can the Fund support?

Grants can be used to fund a wide range of activities: we have deliberately not been restrictive.  The key things your application needs to demonstrate are:

  • How will your activities improve the health and wellbeing of people in Keighley?
  • How will this grant support your organisation to engage with local NHS providers?


Additional support

We are working with Airedale Community Partnership, which includes the Modality GP super practice and the WACA federation, who operate local primary care.  This will allow grantees to link and connect to their local primary care providers and GP surgeries.  One of the main reasons to create this fund is to promote integration of health and community: the involvement of local Keighley GPs shows their commitment to community based solutions to make Keighley a healthier town.



Grants will not be awarded to or for:

  • For-profit organisations – applicants which are not charities will need to have a clear asset lock in their governing document
  • Statutory organisations (e.g. schools and hospitals)
  • Overseas organisations
  • Retrospective funding (activity and costs that have already taken place)
  • Grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals
  • Activity targeted at a particular group (ethnic, gender, religious etc.) without a good justification for this
  • Activity that promotes a particular political or religious point of view
  • Activity primarily for the benefit of animals
  • Individuals


When can you apply?

The fund opens on the 31st January 2020 and the deadline to apply is 10 March 2020 at 12 noon. Funding will be awarded in May 2020.

There is a briefing event on Friday 31st January 1pm – 3pm in Central Hall. This will give you chance to hear more about the fund and ask questions. For more information, or to book your place, please visit the Eventbrite page here.


How do you apply for a grant?

To apply you need to complete an online application form. There will be different form for Kickstart and Development, with both available on the website from Friday 31st January 2020. 

You will also need to submit a copy of the organisation’s governance document, accounts less than 18 months old and a list of names of management committee/board members. Copies of safeguarding policy documents will be requested if applicable. These are uploaded through the online application form.

We expect this programme to be highly oversubscribed so we strongly recommend you also seek alternative sources of funding for your project to avoid disappointment.

If you’re successful, you’ll also need to sign a funding agreement document and provide a signed copy of your organisation’s most recent bank statement.

To start filling in the online form, follow the link at the end of this document. We strongly suggest you submit your application at your earliest opportunity. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


What happens after you’ve applied?

We will acknowledge the receipt of your application.  We will then assess your application and may need to contact you and your referee during this time.  If your application is shortlisted, it will then be submitted to an awards panel for further consideration. We’ll tell you their decision as soon as possible after they’ve met.

If you are successful, the grant letter/e-mail will include any additional conditions set by the panel and/or the grant payment and a grant funding agreement you will need to sign. The grant must be spent within 12 months of the date of our letter confirming the grant. You must also complete an end of grant report telling us how the grant has been spent and what was achieved. The deadline for doing so will be specified in your offer letter. Please note that failure to provide appropriate monitoring information will exclude your organisation from applying to future grants schemes.

If your bid is not successful, we will let you know the reasons for declining it. Please note we have limited funding available and we are not able to fund every application we receive, no matter how deserving the project is. The decisions made by the grants panel are final.



If your application is successful, you will be required to credit support from Power to Change and GiveBradford on all materials related to the funded work. Successful projects will be required to be available for a potential visit from funders.


To Apply

You can apply using the ‘Apply Now’ buttons on the Keighley Community Health Grants webpage:

If you require more information about this fund please contact Leeds Community Foundation on 0113 242 2426 or email


A PDF of this information is available to download here.