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Third Sector Fund


New for 2017/18

This year Salford CVS and NHS Salford CCG are pleased to announce the launch of the next phase of our Third Sector Fund. This is a VCSE (voluntary, community and social enterprise) grants programme developed in partnership, delivered by Salford Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) and funded by NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), with the support of Salford City Council.


The Third Sector Fund was established in 2014 and since then has awarded grants to over 174 voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises and primary schools.


NHS Salford CCG and Salford CVS are proud to announce that a further £3 million is to be invested into the fund between June 2017 and March 2020, helping to improve the health and wellbeing of Salford citizens by once again investing in grants to voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises and primary schools.


The main aim of the Third Sector Fund is to enable voluntary organisations, community groups social enterprises and primary schools across all parts of the city (by neighbourhood and also in terms of communities of identity) with a small investment, to help them address some of the key health priorities in Salford.


Start Well, Live Well, Age Well is the name of Salford's Locality Plan and is the ‘blueprint’ for Salford’s health and social care. It explains how the CCG and other NHS providers and commissioners; Salford City Council and voluntary and community sector will build on what is already in place so services work better and cost less. The plan has a working title of 'Start Well, Live Well, Age Well'. 


  • START WELL: Ensure all children have the best start in life and continue to develop well during their early years
  • LIVE WELL: Local residents achieve and maintain a sense of wellbeing by leading a healthy lifestyle supported by resilient communities
  • AGE WELL: All local residents can access quality health and social care and use it appropriately


An independent evaluation into the Third Sector Fund grants programme, undertaken by CLES and VSNW during the summer of 2016, demonstrated a whopping return on investment of £1: £7.04  Read the full report.


Dr Tom Tasker, chair of NHS Salford CCG said: "NHS Salford CCG are pleased to be able to continue with our significant investment in Salford’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. The sector makes a significant contribution to addressing local health and wellbeing needs, supporting individuals, families and communities. The main aim of the Third Sector Fund is to enable Salford CVS to use their position in the city to reach voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises across Salford. The fund provides access to investment opportunities, to support localised activity and help address some of the key health priorities in Salford supporting delivery of the locality plan. In addition to this the programme will support the sector in developing responses that encourage individuals to start to think about their health differently, encouraging individuals and communities to consider how we can all build wellbeing into our daily lives.”


Alison Page, Chief Executive of Salford CVS, added: “We are pleased to be working in partnership once again with NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group to ensure this significant investment reaches across the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Salford. The commitment shown by the CCG to our sector is unparalleled in GM and we appreciate their faith in Salford CVS as their chosen delivery partner. Once again they have recognised the value of investing in community and grass roots activity in order to help meet the wellbeing and health needs of Salford citizens.”


Further details of how to apply to the various funding streams will be announced on the Salford CVS website.