Health & Life Sciences Community Innovation Fund

Lambeth are providing grants of up to £40,000 for organisations to deliver projects focussed on skills and employment support within the health and life sciences sector and community engagement in the life sciences, focussed on generating opportunities for residents to learn about, enter and succeed in the sector. They are open to consortium bids for higher amounts, or to bids which combined skills and employment support and community engagement, as well as to smaller bids, depending on what will be delivered.

They envisage providing grants to organisations either to expand existing delivery or to scale a new programme of work. All funds will need to be spent by March 2025, so proposals should be based on what is achievable for your project within that timeframe.

Overview of requirements:

All proposals must detail how they will deliver their project, including discussion of how the project will engage with at least one of our UKSPF priority groups, including what outreach will be undertaken.

  • People aged over 50
  • People with a disability and health condition
  • Women
  • Black, Asian, and Multi-Ethnic residents
  • Young people not in education, employment or training
  • Sanctuary seekers
  • People with multiple complex needs (homeless, care leavers, ex/offenders, people with substance abuse problems and victims of domestic violence)
  • Unemployed people and people who are economically inactive

Projects must indicate in their proposal how they will tailor their delivery to the needs of the health and life sciences sector, referencing wider research. Provision could include either community engagement support, or skills and employment support, or a combination. More specifically, Lambeth envisage that projects may include:

  • Targeted employer engagement
  • Sector specific skills support
  • Specialist careers advice and support
  • Community engagement events
  • Events for families or for children and young people
  • Science based cultural or educational events and trips
  • Creative Health wellbeing and cultural social prescribing projects

Projects delivering skills and employment support may do so through any model and must include information about engagement, outreach approaches, and business and employer engagement, making it clear how the project will secure good quality employment outcomes for participants, including apprenticeships, with the expectation that all roles will pay the London Living Wage or above.

Projects delivering community engagement and events should also make clear what their outreach methods will be, as well as detailing how their project will engage residents with science activity in a way that makes this activity exciting and engaging. They may target any age group or demographic but should make clear which groups they will be focussing activity on.

Outputs and outcomes:

Projects must also indicate how they will meet and evidence the following outputs and outcomes, as well as any further outcomes they will meet. The expectation is that more than one of these outputs will be met by a project, but not that any one project will meet all of them. Lambeth welcome any projects that provide additional outcomes meeting wider health inequities, including wellbeing related outcomes.

  • Improved engagement numbers
  • Volunteering numbers as a result of support
  • Number of events and activities supported
  • Increased footfall
  • Number of programme starts
  • Number of people supported to engage in life skills
  • Fewer people facing structural barriers into employment and into skills provision
  • Number of people in employment, including self-employment, following support
  • Number of ‘good work’ jobs
  • Number of economically inactive people engaging with keyworker support services
  • Number of people receiving support to gain employment
  • Number of people engaged in job searching
  • Number of people reporting increased employability

UKSPF funding has a number of eligibility requirements, and all outcomes will need to be effectively evidenced and recorded within council systems. This will be confirmed with shortlisted grant applicants at the clarification meetings stage and before grants are awarded. Lambeth anticipate a two-way referral service between projects and other provision within Lambeth, including with Lambeth’s Skills and Employment services, and the mechanisms for this will also be discussed at the clarification meetings stage.

Application Process and Timetable:

Completed applications should be returned to rhitchings@lambeth.gov.uk by 19 July 2024. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Following submission, proposals will be reviewed, and applicants will be notified of the outcome by 2 August 2024. Successful proposals will be subject to further checks on eligibility will be required in line with government guidance.

Assessment of projects and funding awards will consider the scale of outputs, alignment with the themes outlined above, track record of delivery and ability to deliver within the grant period. The geographical targeting of the engagement programmes across the borough will also be taken into account.

Successful programmes will be subject to a grant agreement for the duration of the grant period. Recipients will be required to pay back any funding if the grant is used for a purpose other than the project activities, is used for ineligible expenditure, or if outputs are not met.

Please contact rhitchings@lambeth.gov.uk if you haven any queries relating to this process.

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