Reading Integration Board (RIB) – Project Fund 2022/23

Reading Borough Council has identified a Small Project fund, as one of the Better Care Fund schemes, managed by the Reading Integration Board, and will be made available to fund key priority projects to support the Reading Integration Board programme of Work.

The Integration Board is inviting applications for funding for activities that prevent crisis, supporting people to avoid hospital admissions or, where an admission occurs, supporting timely hospital discharge back to their normal place of residence, alongside the projects outlined in the key priorities for the Reading Integration Board (RIB) 2022/23.  

Activities to prevent crisis will focus on health and social inequalities, addressing the impact of Covid and long-term conditions, supporting people’s well-being in Reading, with a focus on the most deprived neighbourhoods and communities.

The funding is available to support the infrastructure and/or additional capacity needed to expand existing services, deliver services in a different way or to develop new activities.


The deadline for applications is 31st August 2022. Scoring will take place w/c 5th September 2022 and we will aim to notify all applicants of the outcome once we have secured internal agreement.

RIB Project Bids – Scoring Matrix

RIB Project Grant – Application Template

RIB Project Grant Monitoring Form

Please send your completed application template to Bev Nicholson, Integration Programme Manager, email: / Tel: 0118 937 3643.

Background information

Our Integration Board Programme Plan includes priority projects in relation to improving flow from acute hospitals by supporting timely hospital discharge, for assessment of needs to be undertaken outside hospital, in line with the Hospital Discharge Service Policy, as well as reducing hospital admissions in line with the goals set out in the High Impact Change Model for Admission Avoidance (July 2021).  The Integration Board are also focused on addressing health inequalities and reducing risk of poor health outcomes, and in particular, in line with the following two Joint Health and Wellbeing Board Strategic Priorities:

  • Reduce the differences in health between different groups of people
  • Support individuals at high risk of negative outcomes to live healthy lives

The delivery plans for these priorities will focus on the needs of the most vulnerable, ensuring older people, those with long term health conditions, dementia or disabilities and those most affected by Covid-19 get the help they need to live successful, independent lives in vibrant, thriving communities.

The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 2019 shows that there are 5 areas of Reading that are in the 10% most deprived areas of the country. These are located in Whitley, Church, Southcote and Norcot wards.

We also know that nationally, ethnic minority populations, especially Black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi residents, are more likely to live in areas of deprivation. In Reading the areas with the highest populations of Black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi residents are in Battle, Katesgrove, Park and Minster wards, which do not show up as the highest deprivation areas in the IMD so there is possible hidden poverty in these areas.

Scope of the Grants Programme

What you can apply for:

Grants of up to £15,000 – which may be increased for joint bids proposing a co-ordinated approach by more than one organisation to support the infrastructure and/or additional capacity needed by organisations to expand existing services, deliver services in a different way or to develop new services. The grant may increase if the bid can demonstrate that it delivers against more than one priority.

Who can apply:

The grants are aimed at all provider groups, to support delivery of integration priorities, based in the Reading borough:

  1. charitable organisations
  2. voluntary organisations
  3. community groups
  4. health care providers
  5. council services

What will be funded:

You know your communities best. We want this project fund to support activities that are right for your community but they should be activities that benefit people beyond the life of the project, that are aligned with the key priorities for the Reading Integration Board.

RIB priorities and key projects

1. Tackling Health Inequalities

To identify and deliver projects that result in improved outcomes for the most disadvantaged communities in Reading.

  • 1.1 Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT) within Primary Care Network (PCN) Clusters
  • 1.2 Develop Self-Neglect Pathway
  • 1.3 Support Programmes of preventative Health Checks for vulnerable groups
2. Creative Solutions to meet emerging need

To identify and deliver integrated projects to, more effectively, meet the emerging needs of Reading.

  • 2.1 Discharge to Assess (D2A) / Admission Avoidance
  • 2.2 Strengthening support for those with low level mental health needs
3. Service User Engagement and Feedback

To ensure the voice of Reading residents drives the continuous improvement of integrated ways of working.

  • 3.1 Develop a Multi-Disciplinary Service User Engagement Strategic Framework and deliver a method of gaining system wide feedback from Service Users
4. Care Navigation and Education

To facilitate improved access to information and services for Reading residents that ensures the right support is accessible and resources are used effectively.

  • 4.1 Improve access to and awareness of services available
  • 4.2 Co-ordinate the Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Programme in Reading
  • 4.3 Digital Inclusion – Ensuring people are enabled to use digital technologies

Better Care Fund (BCF) Reportable performance

  • Admission Avoidance
  • Reduce Length of Stay in Acute Hospital
  • Discharge to Normal Place of Residence
  • Reduce number of longer term admissions to Residential / Nursing Homes
  • Effective Reablement Service (Increase Number of people still at home 91 days after being discharged from hospital into reablement services)

The activities/initiatives should be focused on areas of greatest need (see Background Information).

  • Local ‘one off’ projects
  • Running an event
  • Minor start-up costs (get new idea/project ‘off the ground’)
  • Purchasing equipment
  • Sessional costs

Funding will only be given to a project or activity that addresses an unmet need of Reading residents and is not fully funded or able to be funded through other sources. Applicants will be expected to disclose their other funding sources in the event of a co-funded bid.

What we are looking for:

We are keen to enable communities to help themselves and to support projects or activities that contribute to sustainable outcomes for the health and wellbeing of Reading residents.

We are interested bids to put new ideas into practice or to respond to emerging needs within the community that address the key priorities, as agreed by our Integration Board.

What applications should include:

Applications will be required to:

  • Show evidence of need (data, research, community feedback, examples)
  • Describe what the grant will be used for and how many people are expected to benefit / what capacity this will create for Reading residents
  • State how it will make a difference/how this will address the need
  • Provide a realistic delivery plan

Funding conditions:

The funding will be required to be allocated within the financial year of the award (2022/23).

Monitoring – Successful applicants will be expected to provide a quarterly report to the Reading Integration Board on their projects and a Full report at the end of the project. The Activity template and Project Plan Templates will be provided to Project Teams.


We aim for the panel to consider all applications during August 2022.  Applications will be reviewed against the criteria set out in the background information above and we will aim to notify bidding organisations of the decisions no later than w/c 29/08/2022.

Decisions will be recorded using a Decision Book method.  The Decision Book is a mechanism for an Officer, in consultation with the relevant Lead Councillor to enable a minor decision to be made.