Active Communities Funding Programme opens to help close health gap between rich and poor

21 February 2013

People’s Health Trust’s new Active Communities Funding Programme aims to support local people to use their skills and knowledge to make their communities better places in which to grow, live, work and age.

Using money raised by HealthSuccess through The Health Lottery, the Trust will work with people living in the poorest neighbourhoods of Norfolk. The new programme aims to close the gap between those communities which experience the worst health in England, Scotland and Wales and the majority of the population.

The programme will focus on neighbourhoods where people living within them will, on average:

  • die 7 years younger than people living in richer neighbourhoods;
  • spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with disability than people living in richer neighbourhoods;
  • have higher rates of mental health problems;
  • have a lower quality of life.

The Active Communities Funding Programme awards grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 to local community and voluntary organisations with an annual income of less than £200,000 a year, delivering small projects lasting up to 18 months, in the 25% most deprived neighbourhoods (based on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation) in Great Britain.

To be eligible to apply for funding from this local society lottery your project should be delivered in Norfolk.

Professor Jennie Popay, Chair – People’s Health Trust, said: “Through our new Active Communities Funding Programme, we’re looking to support projects in the most deprived neighbourhoods in Great Britain that encourage community activism. We’re interested in projects that are designed by local people that address issues relevant to them and benefit and improve their local community. We want to support local people to use their skills and knowledge to make their communities better places in which to grow, to live, to work and to age.”

Chris Lunn, Director – HealthSuccess, said: “We’re delighted to see the money raised by HealthSuccess being used to support local people to address health inequalities at a local level.”

To find out more about the Active Communities Funding Programme, or to find out if your organisation and project is eligible for funding through this programme, please visit   

If you require further assistance or have any additional questions, please contact us by email to [email protected] or by telephone on 020 7749 9100. 

The closing date for applications is 9am on 11 April 2013.

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