New funding for groups in Gloucestershire

Using money raised by ‘HealthTotal’ through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods or communities in Gloucestershire. To find out whether a project is eligible click on this link: . Applications from Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean areas are particularly welcomed.

Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

Projects could be almost anything that encourages strong connections between people, and that help people to make their communities or neighbourhoods even better places to grow, live, work and age. There are two strands

  • They are looking for small and local projects, ‘neighbourhood based projects’ - genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, they mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.
  • They are also looking for great ideas from ‘communities of interest’. By this they mean a group of people who have something in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, says: “We’re looking to support ideas designed and run by local people which help create even stronger links and ties within communities. Whether it’s a women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women; a computer skills support group run for and by older people; support for local people to become community organisers; or young people living with mental ill-health wishing to address access to work issues or discrimination, we’re interested to hear about it”.

The closing date for applications is 1pm on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. To apply for funding, visit and contact Barbara Pond – or 01452 528491. GRCC are running workshops and offering one to one support about the grant programme to help projects submit an application.

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