People's Health Trust Active Communities grants programme will open on 20 May


Active Communities provides funding for local groups and organisations ‘to help create fairer places, to grow, live, work and age’. It is opening in various locations across the country throughout May and June, and here in Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth the time to remember is 1.00pm on 20 May.

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) can apply for a grant of between £5,000 and £50,000 to help with projects lasting between nine months and two years.

In order to be eligible, projects should:

  • be designed and led by local people
  • be small and local, taking place, for example, on a few streets or a small village
    create stronger connections between people; they’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest, that is 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.
  • enable people to feel they are doing something positive in their area, making a difference and feeling good about it
The Trust wants to fund local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live. However, please note that the Trust does not fund projects that are strictly health-related and focus on certain diseases or which aim to change behaviour, such as giving up smoking, or losing weight. To apply and for further information, please go to the Trust’s website.