Second round of Healthy Hastings and Rother grant funding to be launched at celebration event

Second round of Healthy Hastings and Rother grant funding to be launched at celebration event

NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will launch a second round of community grants funding at a celebration event on Saturday 27 February.

Last month the CCG awarded 26 grants totalling more than £200,000 for a range of initiatives aimed at improving local people’s health and wellbeing. It is part of the Healthy Hastings and Rother programme to tackle health inequality in the area’s most disadvantaged communities.

The event at Sussex Coast College Hastings will provide an overview of programme and an opportunity to learn about how the grants will contribute to improving health locally.

A second round of funding will also be announced, with a total of £200,000 available. 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 further 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.

The deadline for applications for standard grants of up to £10,000 is 29th May, with successful applicants being notified from 4th July.  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).

For an application form and guidance notes, contact:

The celebration event on Saturday 27 February 2016 runs from 1pm-3pm and will be attended by Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd, and the public and representations from community and voluntary organisations are welcome. If you would like to attend please rsvp using the Eventbrite booking form (https://tinyurl.com/gopfdg8) or contact Hastings Voluntary Action on 01424 444010.