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Slough, Bracknell Forest, Windsor and Maidenhead

We are now open for applications for projects that support children, young people and families across Slough, Bracknell Forest and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

We recognise that local people know their own communities the best. If you have an idea that could help with the physical or mental health of children, young people and/or families, in any way then we want to hear from you. No idea is too small or too large, we will provide opportunities for further development and support of your ideas through networking, peer learning and funding.

  • Community driven
  • Supported by community involvement
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Networking and mentoring
  • From £500 to £5000 funding

If you have not been involved before it’s very difficult to describe the impact that the Innovation Fund has on everyone that gets involved. The vibrancy, the energy, the conversations, the help, the buzz, that X-Factor that is generated is truly difficult to describe. Everyone who gets involved is able to help shape the projects, providing ideas and suggestions to grow the idea, even suggesting links to other local projects with common aims

Who is it for? 

We are looking for innovative and new ideas, things that matter to you! Applications can be made by young people (alongside their school or a local organisation), individuals (over the age of 16), schools, community and voluntary groups and local (non statutory) organisations. (Please see detailed guidance, available below, for more information).

The impact of COVID-19 has seen many positive changes, both in lifestyle and community spirit - we want to take this opportunity to understand how we can support and maintain some of these new and rediscovered benefits for people and communities. By supporting projects and approaches that are community-focussed we can begin to build an approach that tackles broader inequalities that affect our health.

We are committed to addressing inequalities within our local communities. The impact of COVID-19 has been felt by everyone. We are interested to hear from those who have ideas that can support people most in need. Listening to our communities over the course of 2020 and 2021 has highlighted a number of priority areas for consideration including:

  • Oral health, healthy eating and nutrition
  • Loneliness and social isolation
  • Digital exclusion and accessibility
  • Family, carer and parent support
  • Anxiety and managing change and transition
  • Physical health and mental wellbeing
  • Opportunities for young people not in employment, education or training
  • 5 ways to wellbeing

To see some filmed examples of previously funded projects please visit the Innovation Fund home page.

How to apply – Practical Info if you want to submit a bid

We are committed to ensuring the process of making an application is available to as many people as possible. We are conscious that the delivery of the innovation fund as a virtual process may make it difficult for some people to apply. If you have any support requirements or would like to discuss anything in more detail then please contact us directly.

Before submitting an application we recommend that you click here to download and read through the Innovation Funding Guidelines

The ideas or projects put forward need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Idea/project must be within Slough, Bracknell Forest or The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Projects can also cut across these three boundaries.
  2. Projects based outside of these areas must be supporting communities in these areas
  3. Must be new ideas on how to tackle/improve the health and wellbeing of children, families, young people, and families
  4. They can be built on an existing piece of work but taking it in a new direction or enhancing/scaling up on a previous idea.
  5. The idea for funding can be from same organisation but must be a new idea – see point above.
  6. Bids from schools must not be business as usual or part of programmes schools are obligated to do but must be for a project that adds/enhance to the health and wellbeing of their children, young people, and families. Ideas that would normally not be funded via the normal routes of school funding.
  7. Be able to describe what difference the idea/project will have in supporting and connecting children, young people, and families in the community to improve health and wellbeing
  8. Be able to describe the aims of the idea/project and which priority areas the work is impacting upon
  9. Be able to describe how the idea/project will become sustainable and/or long lasting. Support will be offered on how sustainability can be achieved through the development sessions.
  10. For safety, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, consideration must be given to how your project’s/idea’s delivery can adapt to changing restrictions.

If you believe you have a project or idea that fits the criteria then please download and complete an Application Form and return by email to the no later than Midday on Friday 30th July 2021.