Thriving Communities Fund

Closing date

This fund will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCSFSE) projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID-19 and health inequalities.

This funding is designed to increase social connectedness, and help communities cope with the impact of COVID-19.

By working with those communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities, the projects we will fund will help to:

  • enhance collaboration and networking between local organisations
  • strengthen the range of social prescribing activities offered locally and enable social prescribing link workers to connect people to more creative community activities and services
  • Explore ways to make these partnerships and activities sustainable over time

The Fund is administered by the Arts Council, in collaboration with the newly created National Academy for Social Prescribing, which has been established to champion social prescribing and the work of local communities in connecting people for wellbeing.

Applications can be led by voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCSFE) organisations working in any of the following sectors: 

  • Arts, and culture, including libraries, museums and heritage
  • Sport, leisure and physical activity organisations
  • Financial wellbeing, advice, food and practical support
  • Environment and nature-based organisations
  • Non-statutory health and care organisations, working with social prescribing link workers

Grants of between £25 000 are available £50 000.