Optivita Parents & Early Years Innovation Fund

This Innovation Fund aims to support Harrow families with at least one child under 5, including antenatal.

Optivita is a new programme coming to Harrow which focuses on improving life chances for parents, babies and children who are living in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the borough.

Support in the first 1000 days of life is more likely to improve health and wellbeing in later years.

Its focus is very much on prevention and health promotion as early as possible.

Fund Aims

The aim of the fund is to be innovative and respond to community need. The proposed project should be new or will expand on a current provision.

The funding can cover a one-off activity, on-going programme, and capital costs.

It’s important that your project aligns with the programme objectives:

  • Improve parental confidence
  • Reduce health inequalities
  • Reduce tooth decay
  • Reduce emergency department attendances for minor illness
  • Improve parents’ health literacy. Understanding health information and services to improve access and uptake. For example, increasing immunisation uptake, enabling earlier antenatal booking, and/or improving breastfeeding rates.
  • Optimising health in pregnancy and postnatally (smoking or substance use reduction, perinatal support, early identification of developmental concerns, antenatal supplementation vit D, accident reduction, SIDS etc)
  • Bonding

Information Sessions

To find out more about the grants and the Optivita Programme please attend one of our online information sessions:

9th April 2024 6.30pm to 7.30pm | Optivita Parents & Early Years Innovation Fund – Information Session | Click to book
17th April 2024 10am to 11am | Optivita Parents & Early Years Innovation Fund – Information Session | Click to book

Deadline 10am, 25th April 2024

Key Documents:

How To Apply

To apply for the funding:

  1. Please read the guidance [.pdf]
  2. Complete the application form [.doc]
  3. Send the application form to grants@harrowgiving.org.uk

If you are interested in applying, we recommend that you get in touch with Rachel at Voluntary Action Harrowcontact@voluntaryactionharrow.org.uk