The People’s Health Trust has announced that in the last four years it has supported more than 2,000 local initiatives and directly benefitted 350,000 people with £70 million raised through the Health Lottery.
The People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. Using money raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust opens in different areas at different times throughout the year.
The People’s Health Trust has published its annual report in which it lists all the organisations it has funded in 2014-15 through its Active Communities funding programme. The Trust provides grants for local groups and organisations ‘to help create fairer places, to grow, live, work and age’.
Not-for-profit community groups and organisations with an income of less than £350,000 a year (or an average of £350,000 over two years) can apply for a grant of between £5,000 and £50,000 to help with projects lasting between nine months and two years. Organisations must be constituted and more than three months old in order to be eligible.
In order to be eligible, projects should:
- Be designed and led by local people.
- Be small and local taking place, for example, on a few streets or a small village.
- Create stronger connections between people.
- Enable people to feel they are doing something positive in their area, making a difference and feeling good about it.
- Be in one or more of the eligible neighbourhoods.
There is a two-stage application process that runs over a five week period.
Please note that the Trust does not fund projects that are strictly health-related and focus on certain diseases or which aim to change behaviour, such as giving up smoking, losing weight etc.
The Active Communities funding programme is currently open in the following areas:
HealthStrength – Essex, Southend on Sea and Thurrock. The application deadline is 6th January 2016, 1pm.
HealthFull – Somerset, Dorset, Bath, Bournemouth and Poole. The application deadline is 13th January 2016, 1pm.
The Trust’s Annual Review and full details about the Active Communities funding programme can be found on the People’s Health Trust website.