Local society lottery HealthLives opens small grants programme for East London

01 March 2012

Projects in Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Newham and Waltham Forest are now invited to apply for a Healthy Communities Small Grant from the People’s Health Trust, the independent charity responsible for deciding how the good causes money raised through the Health Lottery is spent.

Communities across England, Scotland and Wales are starting to benefit from the £50 million a year from the good causes money raised by local society lotteries through the new Health Lottery.

And projects in Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Newham and Waltham Forest are now invited to apply for a Healthy Communities Small Grant from the People’s Health Trust, the independent charity responsible for deciding how the good causes money raised through the Health Lottery is spent.

This new funding raised by HealthLives – the local society lottery for Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Newham and Waltham Forest - will make awards of between £5,000 and £10,000 of Health Lottery funding to local community and voluntary groups to support activities aiming to help people live longer and healthier lives.

In deciding how the grants will be awarded the People’s Health Trust is keen to support grassroots activities targeting people at higher risk of experiencing poor health, funding activity that can show it is needed in the neighbourhoods in which it will be delivered.

To be eligible for funding, local groups will need to show that the activity that needs funding:

  • aims to support an improvement in health and well being in your community;
  • targets people who are at a higher risk of poor health and dying younger;
  • involved the local community it serves;
  • is relevant to the local community and can make a positive difference on the ground.

To find out more about applying for a Healthy Communities small grant visit the People’s Health Trust website at www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2012.  

Professor Jennie Popay, chair, the People’s Health Trust, said: “I am delighted that the first open funding programme we’re launching is aimed at local charities and community groups. These groups are valuable community assets, involved in a wide range of activities that make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of their communities. Our new funding programme will be able to provide the small pots of funding that can be a lifeline to them.”

Eamonn Holmes, National Ambassador for the Health Lottery said: “Maintaining good health in our communities is of paramount importance. The Health Lottery is a chance to address some of the health issues that are on all of our doorsteps.  A huge amount of wonderful work is already undertaken every day to help people live longer healthier lives and in these difficult economic times the funding raised by these local society lotteries will inject a sizeable amount of new money into that local network.”

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Notes to editors

  1. The People’s Health Trust is a registered charity which funds projects addressing health inequalities across England, Scotland and Wales. The Trust is funded by 51 local society lotteries and the good causes money they raise through The Health Lottery. The Trust awards grants at a local level to develop programmes aimed at helping people live longer healthier lives.
  2. These new grants will be made possible through the good causes money raised by local society lotteries through The Health Lottery.
  3. There are 51 local society lotteries in England, Scotland and Wales, each run to benefit the community it exists to serve, by tackling health inequalities in that community. It does this primarily through funds raised by the lotteries it runs across the year, working under the common brand of The Health Lottery.

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