The Wellbeing and Health Fund will focus on local community projects that address the challenges of obesity, emotional wellbeing, mental health, isolation and loneliness. This Theme will give priority to the smaller charities and community groups that have incomes of less than £300k. The Theme will provide small grants upto £5,000 which can be used in one year or over a two year period if it is a new initiative. Priority will be given to those groups supporting the most disadvantaged in their communities.
- Grants available for the following purposes:
- Local charities and community groups (registered and unregistered)
- Community clubs such as youth clubs, sports clubs and luncheon clubs
- Community Interest Communities (for startup project costs only)
- Community Interest Organisations
- New groups for startup costs and second year funding
The fund is “open to all cause/groups” and will support a
diverse range of causes.
Acceptable Project Examples
Priority will be given to:
- Existing projects that meet the criteria for the fund
- Projects that will involve communities to tackle local health and wellbeing issues
- The Theme will fund salary costs for workers associated to the project
- Existing and new local groups that involve both social interaction and exercise for older people for example: regular tea dances, walking groups and exercise classes. All activities must include exercise and time for refreshments and a chat.
- Exercise groups and classes for all ages targeted at those who are unfit and/or suffering from obesity. Classes to include time to talk as well as exercise.
- Projects that engage communities and raiseawareness of the benefits of good nutrition and easy and simple ways to have a healthy diet. This could include cookery and garden projects; projects teaching older men to eat well; youth projects; or projects supporting homeless people who have recently been housed.
- Community befriending and support groups for those suffering with mental health problems or those who are isolated.
- Neighbourly schemes that build community cohesion and keep people safer.
- Art activities that promote wellbeing and the improvement of resilience and emotional wellbeing
These only a few examples of what are considered acceptable projects.
- Organisations NOT based and active in Hampshire including Portsmouth and Southampton
- Organisation with unrestricted reserves of more than 12 months running costs
- Capital building projects
- Application from individuals
- Public bodies: local authorities or schools
- Organisations whose Objects are for the sole benefit or relief of animals or plants
- National charities
- Any party political activity
- Commercial ventures
- Proselytising activities, ie active promotion of a specific religion or belief system