Local charities to get a boost from new funding to help improve health of Bristol people
Voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations are set to get a helping hand from Bristol Community Health, which provides local NHS community health services. Bristol Community Health has launched a new grant scheme, donating grants ranging from £250 to £5,000 to local projects which empower Bristol people to better look after their own health.
“We know how hard local grass-roots organisations work to make a difference,” said Matthew Areskog, Head of patient and public empowerment at Bristol Community Health. “We want to give them some extra support to help local people live healthier lives – whether it’s for an existing project, or to launch something new. Educating and empowering people to look after their own health is key for us, so that’s what we’ll be hoping to hear about in the grant applications. Our staff, who know better than anyone what’s needed in the community, will be voting on the final shortlist.”
Two types of grant are available: £250 to £500 and £1,000 to £5,000. The funds can be used for staff salaries, project activities, running costs, equipment and refurbishment. Groups of people who could benefit include children and young people, people of working age, older people, people leaving custody, families or carers. The grant programme was developed with the support of Voscur. The deadline for applications is 21 October 2018, and successful applicants will be notified in November. Grants will be awarded in the new year.