Wellbeing Support for New Fathers and Fathers To Be

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The wellbeing support for new fathers and fathers to be programme has been made possible by Norfolk County Council with HM Government funding through the Start for Life and family hubs programme. 

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to provide funding for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations working in Norfolk who are supporting fathers in the first 1001 days of fatherhood, from conception to an infant’s 2nd birthday.
Fund outcomes

Improved wellbeing outcomes of fathers in first 1001 days by:

  • Activities improving perinatal mental health that fathers can access
  • Activities improving positive parent and infant relationships for fathers

All applicants should be working to meet at least one of the outcomes listed above.

The fund will aim to support a geographical spread of activity across Norfolk.

Grants must be spent within 12 months of award and funded activity must be completed by the end of March 2025.

*More than one application from the same organisation will be considered if the applications relate to work across different geographical areas of Norfolk. We recommend getting in touch if you are considering more than one application.

What type of activity can be funded

Grants can cover:
  • Volunteer recruitment and training, or specific staff training to enhance services and build skills/ capacity to support fathers perinatal mental health and parent-infant relationships.
  • Digital infrastructure development – for example improving online access to information, expertise and resources, or facilitating online groups.
  • Developing social spaces and peer support networks – helping people with shared experiences to connect and provide support to one another.
  • Opportunities for fathers and their infants to engagae in activities that strengthen their relationships.
  • Activities which target support to fathers experiencing inequalities in accessing support, such as separated fathers, fathers of children with SEND, fathers with learning difficulties, and fathers with English as an additional language.
  • Father specific antenatal care groups – e.g support with feeding and routines, etc.

Find out more about some of the projects this funding could support here.


This funding might be right if you:
  • Have a clear track record in delivering relevant activities, and the skills, experience and capacity to deliver proposed work successfully.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of the challenges facing fathers, and the ability to reach and engage them with tailored approaches.
  • Present proposals that are designed in response to identified perinatal mental health and/or parent-infant relationship support needs and show the additional positive wellbeing that funding will promote for fathers who are expecting a baby and/or have a child under the age of two.
  • Evidence a willingness to share learning and take a partnership/ collaborative approach to achieve sustainable outcomes.
  • Present a model for capturing and measuring the impact of funded activity.
  • Have the appropriate systems and procedures in place to protect and care for the people they help.
  • You can spend your funding within 12 months of receipt.
This funding might not be right for you if:
  • Your activity does not address one of the fund priority areas.
  • You are looking for large capital (building) costs.
  • Funding cannot be used to support public or private healthcare, statutory health services.
  • Funding cannot be used to support projects or initiatives that should be covered by core NHS or public sector funding.

All applicants must meet NCF’s general eligibility criteria.

Who can apply

Funding will be available to registered charities and constituted voluntary and community organisations that are clearly based or operating in Norfolk.

How to apply

Please use the ‘Apply online’ link below to begin an online application.

When to apply

The deadline for applications is Thursday 8th February 2024 . We aim to confirm funding decisions in March 2024.

Call for Applications


Maximum Grant



8 February 2024 – 12:00pm

Who can apply?

Charity, Faith organisation, Social Enterprise/CIC, and Voluntary/Community Group

Eligible Area

Breckland, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, North Norfolk, Norwich, and South Norfolk

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