Local Care Direct Health & Wellbeing Fund

Guidelines for Applicants April 2021


Local Care Direct has created a fund to improve the health and wellbeing of Calderdale residents with particular focus on reducing health inequalities. This fund will be administered in partnership with Community Foundation for Calderdale.

Formed in 2004 by West Yorkshire GPs from nine co-operatives, Local Care Direct (LCD) is a social enterprise owned by the community.

LCD is commissioned by several Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) locally, regionally and nationally. In West Yorkshire these CCGs include Calderdale, Wakefield, Leeds and Kirklees. LCD provides various health services and is commissioned in Calderdale to provide Urgent Care services and Care Home Video Monitoring.

You can find out more about LCD here: https://www.localcaredirect.org/about-us/

Health and wellbeing in Calderdale is ranked as ‘D’ in Vital Signs, which means ‘things aren’t going very well’ in Calderdale. You can read the full Vital Signs report here: https://cffc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/FINAL-full-report-version-for-board-copy-3.pdf 

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment looks at the wider determinants of health and wellbeing for Calderdale. This programme of work became available to all online in 2016 and is regularly updated. You can view the full report here: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/health-and-social-care/joint-strategic-needs-assessment-jsna

Some key health and well-being issues identified in Calderdale’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment include:

In Calderdale it is estimated there are 2,584 people aged 65 and over living with dementia and this is expected to rise to 2,763 (7% increase) by 2020. Health inequalities have become increasingly important as we learn more about the potential for risk-reduction in dementia. 

There is a significant gap in life expectancy between those living in the most vs least deprived areas of Calderdale. This is 7.5 years for males and 9.4 years for females. The biggest contributors to the life expectancy gap are: cancer, respiratory conditions, circulatory conditions.

The prevalence of depression in Calderdale is 10.7% (2015/16) as stated from Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) registers. This was statistically higher than the England value of 8.3% (PHE Fingertips: Depression: Recorded prevalence ). This figure is likely to be an underestimate of the proportion of people with depression, as many people do not seek treatment so are not diagnosed. Data from the national General Practitioner (GP) survey is more robust and predicts the actual prevalence to be 12.9% in Calderdale and 12.7% nationally.

3,210 adults aged 65 years and older were predicted to have depression in 2015 ( Projecting older people population information system ).

We do not yet know the full impact of COVID 19 but we have already seen rises in incidences of domestic abuse, changes in employment impacting on deprivation and homelessness and mental health being negatively affected for many people. Reducing health inequalities remains a challenge in Calderdale.

Who can be supported by grants?

The project must support residents in Calderdale to improve their health and wellbeing. Local Care Direct are keen to support initiatives in the following key areas:

  1. Reducing Health Inequalities
  2. Mental Health
  3. Homelessness
  4. Tackling Isolation
  5. Dementia

How much can you apply for?

You can apply for grants up to £5000

Local Care Direct would like funds to reach those in need quickly and will encourage successful applicants to spend funds within one year of receipt

Who can apply?

Constituted voluntary, community and faith groups run for and by local people (individuals cannot apply)

Registered charities and groups with charitable purposes working in Calderdale, (including Charitable Incorporated Organisations, IPS etc)

Community Interest Companies (CICs) who do not, and cannot, pay dividends CFFC recognises that other kinds of organisation may also carry out activities which are charitable. This may include Social Enterprises, Community Interest Companies, and Companies limited by guarantee. Organisations that do not fully meet the not-for-profit criteria above but do carry out activities which are charitable and have a clear public benefit can be supported where:

  1. There is demonstrable public benefit and clear protection against private benefit
  2. The organisation has a minimum of three directors, the majority of whom are not paid employees
  3. The salaries and benefits of any paid directors must be approved by most non-executive directors and must be reasonable and proportionate to the work they do and the financial position of the organisation
  4. CICs must have an asset lock body with objectives which are both charitable and like the CIC

We are unlikely to award a grant of more than £5,000 to CICs or social enterprises which allow for payment to members of their governing body.

Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) whose Governance documents include a clear community benefit clause, open membership and an asset lock

Schools (except private, fee charging schools), whether part of the Local Authority or direct funded in some way, to apply for grants for activities which are clearly extra-curricular. CFFC welcomes applications from PTAs/Friends of School groups and Academies.

Partnership projects are particularly welcomed.

Applicants should supply all of the items listed below:

  1. constitution, terms of reference, or relevant governance document
  2. bank account details and a recent bank statement (within the last 3 months)
  3. annual accounts and evidence of the ability to track all financial transactions
  4. a written policy for safeguarding children, young people and/or vulnerable adults
  5. an equalities and diversity policy
  6. Committee Members List 
  7. Quotes/Estimates/Costs (where applicable) as outlined in Section 4 of your application 
  8. Risk assessment for activity (if appropriate)
  9. Evidence of Food Safety Training and registration with Environmental Health, if your application involves handling fresh food

If you have applied to Community Foundation for Calderdale in the past few months you can contact us to check if we have the most up to date documents on our system. Please get in touch before submitting your application.

What cannot be funded

General appeals

Retrospective applications (i.e. the funding of activities that have already taken place or the repayment of money that has already been spent)

Projects that would normally have been funded from statutory sources (e.g. Calderdale CMBC, the local Education Authority, Social Services or Central Government).

Religious activities or projects that promote religion, although we may fund activities carried out by faith groups for wider community benefit.

Political activities.

Projects where the main beneficiaries are animals.

What will successful applications deliver?

Applications should show that they will have a lasting positive impact on individuals and families in Calderdale. We are looking for well-evidenced ‘tried and tested’ methods and also innovative approaches to improving health and well-being:

Holistic approach – demonstrating partnership working or good working relationships with statutory health and welfare services 

Targeted work – focusing provision to where need is greatest; considering those disproportionately affected by health inequalities

Visibility – being accessible to individuals and families is key to this funding. Your organisation needs to be visible, welcoming and linked-in to other supportive agencies e.g. children’s centres

Safety – applications should describe how they follow Government guidance and local guidance on COVID 19

Eligibility – please include all the required documentation and submit with your application before the deadline

What should be included in an application?

Please highlight which of the 5 key areas of interest to Local Care Direct your project meets:

a)    Reducing Health Inequalities

b)    Mental Health

c)    Homelessness

d)    Tackling Isolation

e)    Dementia

·         Please evidence how your project is holistic, targeted, visible, safe and eligible e.g. demonstrate your partnerships and how your work complements existing projects and local health providers.

·         Please include an appropriate timescale

·         Please include what your outcomes will be for Calderdale residents

Please evidence how your project is holistic, targeted, visible, safe and eligible e.g. demonstrate your partnerships and how your work complements existing projects and local health providers.

Please include an appropriate timescale.

Please include what your outcomes will be for Calderdale residents.


Applications will be scored on:

a) documentation supplied re: eligibility and fulfilment of criteria

b) project budget – is it reasonable and based on worked out costs?

c) project deliverables, i.e. the sections above – What will successful applications deliver? and What should be included in an application?

d) compliance with monitoring, marketing etc and other agreed requirements regarding previous grants awarded to applicants by CFFC

e) the financial stability of the organisation

Monitoring and evaluation

Groups will be asked to collect basic demographic data on beneficiaries, list services provided, record volunteer involvement and the difference the grant has made

Groups will be asked to complete online end-of-grant monitoring; a link will be sent to successful applicants

Evidence of spend will be required as part of the monitoring process

How to apply

Applications will only be accepted online. Please access the application form using this link: https://ukcf.secure.force.com/forms/Generalover1500/LocalCareDirect


Online applications and supporting documentation will be accepted up to 10am Wednesday 28th April 2021

If you have any questions, please contact the team: grants@cffc.co.uk