The Heartsease Healthy Living project aims to encourage healthier and more active lifestyles for people of all ages living in the Heartsease area.

Small grants are available to kickstart local projects that can make a difference, and start to make the lifestyle changes that can lead to health improvement in the long term.

Applications will be shortlisted, and those selected will be put to a public vote where local people will have their say in which projects receive a grant.

How much can you apply for?

Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

Who can apply?

If you have a great idea that matches with the aims of the Heartsease Healthy Living project, we want to hear from you.

We generally expect applications to be made by an organisation that has a constitution, or a business.  We expect those applying to have a bank account, and have policies and procedures in place to show that their project will be safe and inclusive.

However, we may be able to support other types of applicants to develop their idea in partnership with a local organisation if you cannot meet this requirement.  This could be a local community centre, church, or other local charity that could help you to get your project started.  Contact us for advice.

Organisations who work elsewhere but have a project idea that is clearly focused on people in Heartsease are also welcome to apply.

What types of project are we looking for?

Projects must be focused on creating opportunities for people in the Heartsease area to improve their health and get active, for example by:

  • Eating a nutritious diet, including by being able to access healthy food, and having the confidence and skills to prepare meals – projects could include community growing projects, cooking or engaging activities that promote healthy eating messages or access to fresh food.
  • Being more active, whether this is through sports, walking or cycling, gardening or just generally being out and about more – projects could include cycling sessions for children or families, community events encouraging people to get out and about in local parks, gentle yoga for older people or those with disabilities, or intergenerational gardening sessions.
  • Increasing access to services locally – projects could include innovative ways of encouraging people to access free Slimming World classes, be more aware of their weight through provision of scales in public places, or make better use of other advice and services available.
  • Improving wellbeing and healthy lifestyles more generally – projects could include stop smoking support sessions, mindfulness groups or budgeting advice.

We would like you to think about who might want to take part in your project, and how many people could get involved.

We would like projects to be able to get up and running in January 2019, and run for a maximum of one year.

Download the full criteria and apply online using the links on the right of the screen.

If you are unable to apply online or need any assistance, please contact the Grants Team.