Apply for funding

06 September 2018

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.

It's for projects seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. We're looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.

We're also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have things 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 but they must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly.

We run a two stage application process that begins with an online form. There's step by step guidance to help you along the way but if you need any support, please call us on 020 7749 9100 or email us.

Using money raised through The Health Lottery, People's Health Trust has opened Active Communities in the following areas:

  • Health Lottery South East - Active Communities is open in parts of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire,  Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes (application deadline, 4 October 2018, 1pm)

To find out more, click here.

We plan to open Active Communities in other areas of Great Britain in the future. The planned openings are outlined below.

Please note that to make sure our funds are distributed equitably across Great Britain, sometimes we will restrict the areas that are eligible to apply. 


Opening timetable

  • Health Lottery North West (Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside) - October-18
  • Health Lottery East Midlands (Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire) - November-18
  • Health Lottery South West (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Bristol) - December-18
  • Health Lottery East (Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk) - January-19
  • Health Lottery Scotland - February-19
  • Health Lottery West Midlands (Staffordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Birmingham and Black Country) - March-19
  • Health Lottery North East and Cumbria (Cumbria, Northumberland and County Durham) - April-19
  • Health Lottery Yorkshire and the Humber - May-19
  • Health Lottery Wales  - June-19
  • Health Lottery London West (South West, West and North West London and Berkshire) - July-19
  • Health Lottery London East (East, South East, North and North East London and Kent) - August-19

Please note that these are our planned openings but due to the nature of how we get our funding, these openings are subject to change.

To make sure our funds are distributed equitably across Great Britain, sometimes we will restrict the areas that are eligible to apply. 

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You have already completed an application for funding, are you sure you would like to submit another application? You should only submit another application if it is for a different project. If you want to amend an application that has already been submitted, please call us on 020 7749 9100.

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