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Grant opportunities for voluntary and community organisations

NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to apply for two grant programmes. One aims to improve outcomes for young people with early mental health issues, and the other to improve obesity and cancer outcomes for adults and families.

The first opportunity is the Children and Young People’s Mental Health grant that is linked to the national government vision, Future in Mind. This aims to transform support and services for child and adolescent mental health over the next five years.

Gloucestershire’s local Future in Mind plan was co-produced with children, young people, their families, service providers, commissioning partners and key stakeholders. It recognises that resilience and good mental health are important to help children fulfil their potential as they grow older and sets out ambitions for services to work together to ensure that children with mental health issues are identified earlier. It also aspires to establish joined up systems that will offer easier access to information, advice and support in a variety of ways.

To help deliver the plan, the CCG is inviting grant applications from local voluntary organisations. Applications should outline proposals to provide personal, evidence-based interventions for children and young people aged 9 – 21 years with mild to moderate mental health needs, such as counselling.

This project will run until March 2017 and will be evaluated so that the new ways of working can then be rolled out across the whole county. The closing date for applications is 5 February 2016.

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The second grant opportunity invites applications from arts and culture organisations to deliver outcomes for two projects which are being re-advertised from the summer 2015 Cultural Commissioning Grant Programme. Delivery of both projects should be completed by 30 September 2016.

The first project will explore how arts and culture opportunities may reduce barriers to engaging with weight loss programmes, through promoting confidence and reducing the social isolation and stigma experienced by adults and children who are very overweight. Applications for this project should be focused in Gloucester, Tewkesbury or the Forest of Dean.

The second project will explore how arts and culture opportunities may promote confidence and healthy lifestyles for people diagnosed with colorectal and prostate cancer. This project will be focused in Gloucester City.

The cultural commissioning grant programme is designed to be flexible and will welcome innovative proposals across the full breadth of arts and culture. Previous applicants are very welcome to apply. The closing date for applications is 21 February 2016.

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