Local Funding

Wellbeing Innovation Fund
Herefordshire County Council

Grant funding is available to create innovative ways to protect and improve health, reduce demand and improve the quality of existing health provision for residents.


With a specific focus on vulnerable people within our communities, applications should demonstrate early intervention and/or prevention activities that reduce demand on health and social care services.


Key examples include:


  • Reduction in self-reported loneliness
  • Reduction in number of people relying on social care
  • More support locally for carers
  • Reduction in admissions to hospital
  • More support for children and young people with disabilities to access training, employment and independence
  • Improved healthy lifestyles
  • Greater support for people to live independently in their own homes


Applications need to demonstrate how the proposed services will complement county wide services that are being delivered to protect and improve health as part of Herefordshire’s Health and Social Care services, and /or services already commissioned from the voluntary sector/independent sector by the local authority and the NHS.

Applicants should be from:


  • Formally constituted community and voluntary groups. Membership based clubs or societies must be able to prove that their membership is accessible to all, or
  • Social enterprises, or
  • Town and Parish councils for service or activity, not facilities that should be budgeted for in the Parish Precept, or
  • Schools

Grants will normally be between £5000 and £20000 to be spent within a maximum period of two years from the date of award. Applicants will need to find at least 50 percent of the match funding, although this can be ‘in-kind’ funding rather than actually money. ‘In-kind refers to volunteer time or goods and services donated to the project.

If you have an idea for a project, and you’d like to chat to someone about it first, please call Alex Fitzpatrick on 01432 383038 or email afitzpatrick@herefordshire.gov.uk.