This invitation to tender is open for application until 30 April 2021.

  • We are seeking a supplier to work with us as a learning support provider on our new Economies for Healthier Lives programme.
  • This programme will support three to four partnerships in local areas that are committed to improving health and reducing health inequalities through economic development strategies.
  • We anticipate supplier bids up to a maximum of £200,000 (inclusive of VAT and expenses).
  • The deadline for responses is midday on Friday 30 April 2021.

About the Economies for Healthier Lives programme

The Economies for Healthier Lives programme is a new funding programme to strengthen relationships between economic development and health, by developing and improving the use of economic development strategies to promote health and reduce health inequalities. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the strong links between the economy and health. It has not been a ‘great leveller’ but rather is having an unequal impact on our already unequal society. 

As we seek to rebuild the economy post-pandemic and ‘level up’ UK regions, there is an opportunity to create more inclusive economies geared towards reducing inequalities and improving health. This is set out in our recent report Using economic development to improve health and reduce health inequalities. This programme offers a unique opportunity for local and regional partnerships to put some of the ideas from our report into action. 

The programme will support up to four partnerships across the UK. The partnerships will each receive funding of up to £500,000 for up to three years to use economic development activity as a mechanism to improve health and/or reduce health inequalities. Partnerships will be led by a local authority or a statutory regional body and will bring together a range of organisations including an academic partner and specialist partner to implement the chosen intervention in their locality.

It is anticipated that the partnerships will start their setup phase between September 2021 and February 2022.

Learning support provider for the Economies for Healthier Lives programme

We are seeking a supplier to act as the learning support provider in working with the Health Foundation and the selected partnerships to deliver the Economies for Healthier Lives aims.

The learning support provider will collaborate with each partnership to understand their needs for support in their set-up phase and in implementing their projects. The learning support provider will then co-produce a support model for each partnership and work to deliver these support packages, working with additional suppliers where needed.

The learning support provider will also contribute to programme-level activity, including designing and delivering events, capturing learning, and developing an Economies for Healthier Lives community. 

The learning support provider will have a strong understanding of approaches to improving health and reducing health inequalities through economic development strategies. The provider should also demonstrate knowledge of system change and the challenges associated with working across different sectors at a local level. The learning support provider will be committed to embedding diversity and inclusion principles in all their activities.

The successful supplier will be required to start working with the partnerships in July 2021 and will provide support for the programme until 2024. 

How to apply

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please follow the steps below to complete your application.

1. Important supporting information

All applicants must read the invitation to tender in full before completing the online application form.

2. The application form

All applications must be completed and submitted via our online system AIMS. You need to first register on AIMS before you can complete the online application form. It is important that you register as your organisation rather than as an individual. Please include the contact details for the person you wish to be the primary contact for your application.

Full guidance on accessing, completing and submitting your application via AIMS can be found in the Applicants user guide. We recommend that you keep a copy of this manual to hand to refer to while you complete your application.

3. Information call

We will hold an information call on Tuesday 30 March 2021. Please contact to register for the call. Any questions related to the information call should be emailed to the same email address by 17.00 on 26 March 2021.

4. Deadlines

All tenders should be completed using the AIMS system by midday (12.00) Friday April 30, 2021.  

We intend to interview shortlisted bidders in between 24 May and 4 June 2021 to explore proposals in more depth. Please ensure you are available to be interviewed on these dates.

We expect to inform applicants of our final decision by 11 June 2021.

If you have any queries about the programme or the application process, please email

Further reading


Economies for Healthier Lives


A new funding programme to strengthen relationships between economic development and health

Research report

Using economic development to improve health and reduce health inequalities

September 2020
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