People’s Health Trust has just launched Active Communities – a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age - in parts of Birmingham local authority area.

Using money raised by Health Lottery West Midlands, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in neighbourhoods or communities which are currently experiencing the highest levels of disadvantage.

People already experiencing the highest levels of disadvantage including women, black, Asian and minoritised ethnic people and disabled people have faced the harshest impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re interested in hearing from existing projects and new ones set up to support these communities. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area, but participants must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly.

Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups 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 £40,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

People’s Health Trust is looking to fund small local projects designed and run by local people which tackle the social determinants of health. This could be through building social connections between people, helping people connect with their surroundings and projects which bring people together in their community.

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, says:

“We’re looking to support ideas designed and run by local people which help create even stronger links and ties within communities. Whether it’s a women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women, a computer skills support group run for and by older people, support for local people to become community organisers or young people living with mental ill-health wishing to address access to work issues or discrimination, we’re interested to hear about it.

“Applying couldn’t be easier - it’s about local people telling us what would make their local community an even better place to grow, live, work and age.”

The closing date for applications is 1pm on Wednesday 12 January 2022. Apply for funding at www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk/apply-for-funding