Derbyshire Voluntary Action administers the following funds on behalf of NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Derbyshire County Council Adult Care for groups working in Derbyshire (excluding Derby City):

Support to new groups
Please note that Derbyshire Voluntary Action accepts applications from new or potential groups, or individuals trying to start a group, at any point in the year, to help them get started.


If your application is successful, funds will be paid directly into your Group’s bank account, rather than issuing a cheque as previously done.

To Apply
Please complete the Startup Grant Application Form and return by post to Derbyshire Voluntary Action.
NB New members should also complete both the Database and Membership Forms.

The scheme is designed to offer funding to support health related voluntary or community groups that benefit northern Derbyshire residents. Derbyshire Voluntary Action administers a small grants fund on behalf of the NHS which is used annually to make grants to voluntary groups across northern Derbyshire.  There are four rounds of grants each year.  Groups can apply once every twelve months. We prioritise use of the funding for voluntary groups which have limited sources of funding.

If your group is contributing to the health of people in an area of northern Derbyshire and is in need of funding to support its running costs (e.g. room hire, transport, postage, advertising, volunteer expenses).

The maximum grant will be up to £1,000 for groups with high running costs, with the average grant being up to £600.


If your application is successful, funds will be paid directly into your Group’s bank account, rather than issuing a cheque as previously done.


The next closing date is 19 July 2019.

To Apply
Please complete the Small Grant Application Form and return by post to Derbyshire Voluntary Action.


Derbyshire Voluntary Action has a fund of around £5,000 each year (provided by Joint Working Fund), for  User Involvement. Application to the fund can be made at any time.

What is it for?
The Fund is designed to cover out of pocket expenses of users, carers and voluntary group representatives who have been specifically invited to participate in the Health and Social Care Forum and/or a variety of planning or commissioning groups, LSPs and consultation exercises relating to health issues in Derbyshire.

For example:

  • Travel expenses

  • Care aid costs, childcare costs etc.

  • Taxi fares or community transport charges for people for whom public transport is not accessible

  • Room hire for meetings if required

  • Photocopying costs

  • Telephone costs for user/carer reps to carry out work on behalf of the planning group

  • Funding to support user group/forum as a way of increasing user involvement. The group must have direct representation on the relevant planning group if one exists.

Additional Funding
Additional Funding may also be available to support service user involvement in planning e.g. one off consultation events, one day conference/workshops.  Please apply in writing to Derbyshire Voluntary Action for these additional funds providing detailed information and a budget for the proposed event. Please contact NDVA for more information. 

What cannot be funded from the User Involvement Fund?
Derbyshire Voluntary Action is not able to make payments for people's time rather than reimbursement of expenses. Derbyshire Voluntary Action is concerned that this may be classed as pay by the Inland Revenue, Contributions Agencies and benefits authorities. Like any other employer, Derbyshire Voluntary Action is subject to inspection by the Inland Revenue and must be able to account for payments it makes to individuals. For any period over one week, we should be enquiring about the individual's PAYE status. This is not practical for a small agency like ours.

How to Apply
Please contact Derbyshire Voluntary Action for a User Involvement Fund Application Form.


This fund is available to voluntary organisations in Derbyshire who have ongoing funding arrangements with either the Clinical Commissioning Groups or with DCC Social Services. The overall aim of the Fund is to support service providing voluntary organisations faced with unforeseen contingencies where their service to users is threatened.

For example:

  • Maternity and Long Term Sickness cover.

  • Recruitment costs for temporary/relief worker to cover for Paternity/Partner leave and Parental/Adoption Leave.

  • Unforeseen expenses.

  • Uninsurable damage.

  • A proposed move of premises brought about because existing premises are no longer appropriate, this is for one-off costs to cover a move (legal fees, etc).

Applications must be in writing to Amanda Bradley, NHS Erewash CCG, Toll Bar House, 1 Derby Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5FE, sending a copy to Derbyshire Voluntary Action.
For more information on the Fund, please contact Derbyshire Voluntary Action on 01246 555908.


Derbyshire County Council Public Health Department has set up a Five Ways to Wellbeing Small Grants Scheme which aims to improve the mental wellbeing of people living in Derbyshire by providing community based activities and services that help people access the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’.


The Five Ways to Wellbeing are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.  These are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives which have been proven to help people’s mental wellbeing.


Applications are welcome from voluntary, community or faith groups/organisations delivering services in Bolsover, Chesterfield or North East Derbyshire.


Applications should be returned by 5pm, Friday 16 August 2019.

Click here to open the 5 Ways to Wellbeing guidance notes
Click here to open the 5 Ways to Wellbeing application form

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The Market Hall
S40 1AR
Tel: 01246 555908
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