Grant fund to support Healthy Hastings and Rother

NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has created a £255,000 grant fund as part of its Healthy Hastings and Rother programme.

Local voluntary and community organisations can apply for grants of up to £1,000 or £10,000 to help improve health and wellbeing in Hastings and Rother’s most disadvantaged communities.

Dr Susan Rae, a St Leonards GP and CCG governing body member, said: “Healthy Hastings and Rother is tackling long-standing health inequalities in our area. There are many community groups and organisations locally working hard to improve people’s health and wellbeing and we want to encourage and support the important contribution they make.”

Groups can apply for grants to:

  • Encourage and support people to make healthier lifestyle choices
  • Help people to look after their own health better
  • Improve access to local healthcare and/or other support services that will benefit health.
  • Examples might include projects focused on disadvantaged communities, helping people get involved in sport or exercise, support groups for people with physical or mental health conditions or initiatives that improve access to education or employment.

The deadline for applications for standard grants of up to £10,000 is 6 November 2015, with successful applicants being notified in mid-December. Fast-track grants of up to £1,000 are available to small voluntary and community groups, with applicants notified of the decision within 3 weeks. The fund is being administered by the charities Sussex Community Foundation, Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA) and Rother Voluntary Action (RVA).

 

Kevin Richmond, Chief Executive of Sussex Community Foundation, said: “Grant schemes like this are proven to be effective in supporting community solutions to improve health and wellbeing.

“By offering fast-track grants as well as standard larger grants, we want to encourage applications from a broad range of groups and initiatives that might require different levels of support. Don’t be daunted by the application process, our trained advisors are happy and willing to provide advice and support throughout.”

 

To obtain an application form and guidance notes, contact:

Sussex Community Foundation on 01273 409440 email: mary.carruthers@sussexgiving.org.uk
For help with completing the application form, contact:

HVA (for projects in Hastings): Tel 01424 444010, email: peter@hvauk.org
RVA (for projects in Rother): Tel 01424 217259, email gina.sanderson@rva.uk.com