NHS England is offering community grants of up to £2,500 to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations that have developed good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare.

The purpose of the grant is to enable organisations to share their good practice so that others can learn from the involvement successes.

The community grants will be awarded to organisations that can tell the story of their patient and citizen involvement project. Using the funding they will share what worked, how they involved patients and citizens and what impact involvement had on services. Organisations should be able to tell their story in a creative, appealing and accessible way which can include producing films, photo or audio books, leaflets and posters, graphics or comics.

NHS England knows that patient groups, VSCE organisations and a diverse range of community groups all over England are involved in shaping and improving healthcare services. It wants to encourage the promotion of learning and sharing of good practice by making funds available to groups to highlight and share their work with others.

Applicants will need to provide details of the successful involvement project they have completed, along with details of how they plan to use the grant to share and showcase this work in a creative way – so that others can learn from and replicate the good practice.

The deadline for applications is 20th September.

Full guidance for applicants is available here.