Funding For Berkshire Volunteer Services

15 October 2012, 12:00

Voluntary and community groups in Berkshire have the chance to bid for up to £30,000

More than 30 different projects have benefited from the funding from the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Federation to date, including projects to support people with autism and dementia and their carers.

Berkshire Autistic Society was given funding last year to provide and develop support services to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their carers and their wider family. 

The federation's chair Dr Rod Smith says they are hoping to help specific health issues; "The fund supports projects in key areas by reducing health inequalities and improving support for people with long term health problems. 

"The voluntary and community sector is often well-placed to work closely with local people and can contribute to our aim of improving the health of local people."

Berkshire West CCG Federation has committed a total of £300,000 to its Partnership Development Fund. Grants are available to new or existing organisations working in the West Berkshire, Reading and Wokingham areas with projects and activities in line Berkshire West CCG Federation's health aims and priorities. 

Funding requests can start from £500 up to the maximum £30,000 and must be submitted by 9 November 2012.

Priority will be given to groups whose projects demonstrate tangible health outcomes and a reduction in health inequalities.

Application forms and funding criteria for the Partnership Development Fund are available from: the Berkshire West PCT website www.berkshire.nhs.uk, by calling 0118 9822840, at pdfgrants@berkshire.nhs.uk