The Healthier Hackney Fund is a Public Health community grants scheme, and the second year of the scheme is being launched on the 18th September 2015.
Working in partnership with agencies and individuals in every sector of society, the scheme aims to promote and protect health and wellbeing, preventing ill-health and prolonging life. The fund wants to work with groups across the voluntary, social enterprise and social sectors, including those who do not see themselves as traditionally health focused.
The funding, of programmes £30,000, £8000 and £1000 grants, seeks to provide community projects that help address some of the key issues affecting the health and wellbeing of the residents of Hackney.
The fund is separated into three streams, each with different focus, format and anticipated outcomes, and with non-financial support too:
Healthy Activities: grants of up to £30,000 to run projects that address substance misuse and sexual health issues. Successful grantees get a single point of contact within the council, a week of a council officer’s time to offer a particular skill, and an elected councillor to champion the scheme.
Healthy Ideas: grants of up to £12,000 to test a new idea that addresses the ‘wider causes’ of obesity or supports community resilience to address particular health and wellbeing risks. Successful grantees get a single point of contact within the council and an elected councillor to champion the scheme.
Healthy Neighbourhoods: a kickstart grant of £1,000 to support any projects in a local area that reduce health inequalities.
You can see the first year of projects that were funded here. There will be a two-stage application process, with initial submission of a short expression of interest and invitation to pitch your project to a panel, who will shortlist these and invite some to complete a fuller application. Full details of the application process will be available at the launch day. You can attend the launch, which is happening at 0930 at the Hackney Empire on the 18th, by registering here.
We will publish guidance notes for these soon, to expand on the sort of projects we're keen to fund.