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We have taken the decision to postpone the Community self Care fund decision event, due to be held on Wednesday 18 March, until further notice.

Although you will be aware central government has not yet recommended the cancellation of public events due to Coronavirus we have been contacted by a number of shortlisted groups with concerns about the event due to their members being within the highlighted at risk groups; ie the elderly and people with long term health conditions.

Members of the fund steering group met yesterday (Thursday 12 March) and decided that going ahead with the event with many of the groups missing would put them at an unfair disadvantage and having fewer people at the event itself would be detrimental to the process as a whole.

Since all projects that were shortlisted are very worthwhile projects we want to make sure that everyone gets a fair chance and that voting can take place in as equitable way as possible.

Given the ever changing situation with coronavirus we cannot put a timeframe on when the event will be rescheduled for, however we will keep in touch with you all so we do not lose the enthusiasm and excitement we have for this process.



In conjunction with national Self Care Week 2019, the NHS and local authorities in Blackpool Fylde and Wyre have produced a funding pot of £3,000 and are inviting community groups and voluntary sector organisations to apply for small community grants.

This is a one-off funding opportunity and will be subject to a participatory budgeting process whereby the successful applications will be chosen by other community groups. The full process is described below.

The closing date for entries has now passed. We received an astounding 54 entries, with 19 of those shortlisted.

Westview Community Association Tools and seeds for beds
The Peter Lyttle Foundation The Peter Lyttle Foundation
CancerHelp (Preston) Ltd Increasing Accessibility to the HOPE Self-Management Programme for People Affected by Cancer
Park View 4 U Rhythm for Living
Blackpool Carers Centre Walk, Gym and Talk
Blackpool breastfeeding peer support We love Blackpool families
Church Road Methodist Church Wesley’s Café and Larder
Norcross Cricket Club Enhancing Cricket Participation and Wellbeing
Friday Hot Shots Walking Netball Friday Hot Shots Walking Netball
Red Marsh Special School Growing Their Aspirations
Northern Premier Cricket League Development of women and girls cricket
Friends of Stanley Park and the Salisbury Woodland Love Parks week
Fylde Coast Men’s Shed Mens Shed Dust Extraction
Thornton Practice PPG Memories are made of this
Richmond House Holistic Rooms CIC Holistic Care Community Service – Wellbeing Group
Friends of Highfield Park Highfield Park Health Oasis
Wyre Flounders Swimming Club Wyre Flounders Swimming Club
Live in the moment CIC Laughter Yoga sessions
Lancashire LGBT LGBT swimming

Further information and criteria

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How funding will be allocated

The process:

  1. A total fund of £3,000 is available; however the intention is that a number of projects will be awarded funding so it is recommended bids do not exceed £300.
  2. A steering group has been formed made up of community officers from Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council, Fylde Borough Council and Wyre Council, representatives of the NHS Fylde Coast CCGs and three public volunteers.
  3. Bids must be received no later than midnight on Friday 14 February 2020.
  4. All project proposals will be scored against the critera and shortlisted by the Steering Group. Only those meeting the criteria fully will be shortlisted.
  5. Shortlisted applications will be notified by Friday 21 February 2020.
  6. A decision event will be held in Blackpool in March (date to be confirmed).
  7. At the event:
    • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their bid to other shortlisted groups who will then vote.
      1. This presentation can take any form suitable to your organisation.
      2. Further details of this event and presentations will be provided to shortlisted groups.
    • Attendees at the event will then vote on groups they feel should receive funding.
  8. The top voted for groups will receive funding until the full pot of funding has been allocated.
  9. All groups receiving funding will be asked to take part in promotion and provide feedback on the process.

Criteria - Your Organisation

We want to make this as open as possible and encourage small groups that are trying to establish themselves to apply We want to know about your organisation but most importantly we need to know that you are able to achieve what you set out in your proposal. To that end we will be asking that you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are a not for profit group or similar, with either a constitution and bank account of your own, or, are supported by a locally trusted organisation willing to be the named receiver and be responsible for any funding received.
    1. Advice on how to create a constitution and bank account can be found here 
  2. Where applicable, you have suitable safeguarding / insurance in place to deliver the project safely and within the law.

Criteria - Your Project

  1. Must be designed to enable, encourage or enhance self-care lifestyle behaviours.
    1. Self-care lifestyle behaviours can include (but are not limited to) taking part in sporting or social activities, having access to support and advice or having the resources needed to improve their health and wellbeing.
  2. Must be delivered for the benefit of residents in the boundaries of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre local authority areas.
  3. Must not rely on other match funding in order to proceed
    1. Other funding streams may be sought but these must be to enhance the project and must not be essential to its delivery.
  4. Must have commenced by the end of September 2020.
  5. Must not fund political or religious activity.
  6. Will be expected to report back to the steering group via a feedback form.

Last updated on 16 March 2020 at 10:05 by Senior communications and engagement officer N