Active Communities funding workshop facilitated by BVSC

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Using money raised by Health Lottery West Midlands, People's Health Trust has opened Active Communities in parts of Birmingham. BVSC are hosting a funding workshop to support local groups and organisations with Stage 1 applications to the Active Communities programme.

Active Communities is a funding programme for 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, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. People's Health Trust are looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, they mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.

People's Health Trust are also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this, they mean 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, but they must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly.

People's Health Trust run a two-stage application process that begins with an online form. There's step by step guidance to help you along the way but if you need any support, please come along to the workshop on Thursday 21st March at BVSC.

If you have any questions, get in touch with Rosie Barrett by emailing rosieb[at]bvsc[dot]org or calling 0121 678 8854.

The deadline for Stage 1 applications is 1 pm on Wednesday, 3 April 2019.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Active Communities Programme will only award grants to the following types of organisations which have been running for three months.

Incorporated organisations:

  • A charity registered in England, Scotland or Wales
  • A company limited by guarantee
  • A Community Interest Company limited by guarantee (not shares)
  • An Industrial and Provident Society

Or Unincorporated organisation/Constituted Community organisations:

You must be a constituted group or voluntary organisation or association with a social/charitable purpose and at least three unrelated people aged over 18 on the management committee and have been running for at least three months.


The Active Communities Programme will not award funds to Community Interest Companies limited by shares or Limited Liability Partnerships.