Healthier Hackney Fund community grants provide support so groups can run projects tackling some of the complex health challenges faced by the people of Hackney.
The Healthier Hackney Fund was developed
- as a new approach to working with organisations in the voluntary and community sector (VCS) and social enterprises
- to test ideas about better ways of tackling health issues
- to help people that don't often contact the Council
The programme is based on the principle that organisations at the heart of the community have strong connections to residents, fresh ideas for unique projects to deal with challenging health issues, and the experience to work with different community groups.
Applications for 2017/18 funding are now closed, and will re-open in September for projects to be delivered from April 2018.
The Healthy Activities fund is a grant of up to £30,000 to run practical activities addressing a given priority health issue. The two priority issues for the 2017/18 fund are 'the wider causes of obesity' and 'building community resilience to help people through times of change'.
The Healthy Ideas fund is a grant of up to £12,000, to develop and pilot a new approach to tackling a particular priority health issue in Hackney. This year the topic is 'health literacy - supporting residents to access, understand and act upon health guidance'.
The Healthy Neighbourhoods fund is a £1,000 kickstart grant for neighbourhood projects that will get residents helping each other to be healthier. Projects that have previously received funding have been wide ranging and have included the setting up of fitness classes, community food growing schemes, health awareness days, wellbeing activities for older residents, and exercise sessions for residents with physical or learning disabilities.