How to apply

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership provides over £1m in funding to voluntary and community organisations through a number of different funding streams. The funding is used to support core services, statutory services as well as project-based initiatives related to adult services.

Following a review of our funding process, some changes were made to the application process in April 2020.

The Partnership has set up a small grant fund for use towards project-based initiatives related to adult services. While applications from project-based initiatives supporting children are not eligible, applications from projects that support children with the transition to adult services will be considered.

Organisations currently in receipt of grant funding are asked to apply for a renewal of their existing grant using the application form and guidance below on an annual basis. The fund is also open to applications from organisations not currently in receipt of funding.

Applicants will be asked to demonstrate that their project continues to support the East Lothian Integration Joint Board Strategic Objectives and Golden Threads. Information on these can be found in the East Lothian IJB Strategic Plan 2019-22.

The Partnership will be awarding grants up to a maximum of £10,000, although smaller applications are encouraged.

Who can apply?

Organisations that can apply include community groups, charities and social enterprises that support adults. All organisations applying for ELHSCP grant funding must be formally constituted bodies and must have a bank account.

How long is funding available for?

Most grants will be awarded for one year. Funding will be reviewed at the end of the financial year to determine how the project performed against the Strategic Objectives. Those organisations who are able to demonstrate that they have successfully supported the Strategic Objectives will be able to apply for funding again for the following year.

What can grants be used for?

Grant funding can be used for a range of initiatives and detailed guidance is provided in the Application Guidance and Scoring Matrix document. It is anticipated that most grants awarded will be small, with applications allowed up to a maximum of £10,000.

What do applicants need to provide?

Applicants must clearly demonstrate how their proposal will contribute to Integration Joint Board Strategic Plan objectives and golden threads.

As a condition of grant funding, applicants will be required to submit an end of year project report to evidence the positive impact of the funding. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate which other sources of funding they have applied for, before approaching East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership for grant funding.

When can we apply for funding?

Organisations seeking ELHSCP grant funding in 2022/23 should submit their application between 30th October and 30th November 2021.

The application deadline is 5pm on 30th November 2021. Applications should be emailed to You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application.

Applications will be considered and assessed to ensure compliance with the criteria. Applicants will be notified if their application has been successful by 1st March 2022.

How will applications be assessed?

An Assessment Panel made up of members of the ELHSCP Policy and Performance Team will evaluate applications, make provisional recommendations for funding and share these with other council departments including the One Partnership Fund and the Children's Wellbeing Section 10 Grant Fund to ensure there is no duplication of funding.

The provisional recommendations will be discussed and approved at the ELHSCP Commissioning Board who will then present these to the Integration Joint Board.

Apply now

Download an application form and guidance documents