ELCCG Small Group Funding

Now only available in Pendle - when it's gone, it's gone!


What is Social Prescribing?

Social Prescribing is a mechanism for linking patients with non-medical sources of support within the community. The Social Prescribing approach offers a vision for health services in which it is recognised that assets, such as personal strengths, family, friends, communities, and peer networks, can work alongside each other to support individuals to live well. This approach complements existing medical care and treatment. Health services and community support services working together will increase resilience and improving mental wellbeing, enabling individuals and families to cope well, overcome barriers to achieving their potential and increase their skills.

Patients with social, emotional, or practical needs can self-refer or can be referred via their GP or other health professionals and services into a range of local, non-clinical services provided by the voluntary, community and faith (VCFS) sector using the Social Prescribing Team. 

Who can apply?

  • Community projects in Burnley, Pendle, and Rossendale
  • Constituted voluntary, community, and faith groups
  • Registered charities
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • New / very small groups

Applicants must have an annual turnover of less than £150,000, and have appropriate governance in place.

Small or new start up groups are encouraged to pilot their ideas, as long as they are working with the CVS on their group set-up.

What should Social Prescribing projects aim to do?

  • Support for older people: isolation, confidence building, befriending
  • Young people: mental health, isolation, confidence building, counselling
  • Hard to reach/under-represented communities e.g. BAME, women, LGBTQ+, refugees, etc.
  • Increasing opportunities to participate in physical activity

What can be funded?

  • CREATIVE – art classes, dance, singing, gardening, etc.
  • CONNECTED – peer support groups, neighbourhood help, fishing, knit and natter, faith groups, etc.
  • ACTIVE – keep moving, getting out of the house, volunteering and employment support, getting fitter, etc.
  • SAFE – housing debt, domestic abuse, falls prevention, benefits, etc.


  • Increase levels of social contact, awareness of skills, activities and behaviours that improve wellbeing.
  • Reduced levels of frequent attenders for non-clinical interventions in primary care.
  • Reduce level of non-clinical attendances at A & E.
  • Increase patient education about the appropriate use of health services.
  • Reduce social isolation, with a positive impact on health and wellbeing.
  • Supports and contributes to activities helping people because of the impact of Covid-19 on their health and wellbeing.
  • Projects will be expected to provide clear evidence of positive impact and behaviour change on individuals/beneficiaries addressing the CCG outcomes.


All funds for Burnley and Rossendale have now been awarded. We still have funds available for groups and organisations operating in Pendle. There is no deadline - the remaining fund is a rolling programme.

Hurry! When it's gone, it's gone. So don't delay and apply today. 

All funds awarded must be spent by the end of June 2022.


Please download the guidance notes for more information on this fund to assist your application.


Download an application form here.


If you require any support in applying for the East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group Small Group Funding please contact Julie Overson / Heather Starkie on 01282 433740 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.