Six NHS anchor institutions have been selected by the Health Foundation and NHS England and NHS Improvement to receive funding that will enable them to make progress on their anchor ambitions, test their approach, and generate new and valuable learning for the Health Anchors Learning Network (HALN).

The Health Anchors Learning Network (HALN) launched in March 2021 and enables participants to share and develop ideas, knowledge and skills, helping them to implement anchor strategies in practice.  

This new funding programme is providing six NHS anchor institutions, who are all participants of HALN, with grants of up to £25,000 each for projects that will last between six and nine months.

Anchor institutions are large public sector organisations which are rooted in place and connected to their communities, such as universities, local authorities, and hospitals. Anchors have significant assets and spending power and can consciously use these resources to benefit communities. 

The aim of the funding is to support these NHS anchor institutions to deliver projects that will enable them to make progress on their broader anchor ambitions and contribute to tackling health inequalities. It is also hoped that it will lead to new and valuable learning for the other HALN participants, as well as others working on anchor activities across health and care.

The awards in England are co-funded by the Health Foundation and NHS England and NHS Improvement. The award in Scotland is funded by the Health Foundation.

Outputs and learning generated by the projects will be shared widely and through the HALN.

The six successful projects are:

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