Active Communities fund open for applications

News from: Reading Voluntary Action

People’s Health Trust Active Communities fund is now open for applications in Wokingham, West Berkshire, Reading, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough and Bracknell Forest. Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live can apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities, which is funded through The Health Lottery, is a 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. It is for projects lasting up to two years and seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000.

The Active Communities fund is for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. Small means a group of people on an estate, or in a few streets or villages. Examples of projects that have been funded previously include: a women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women, a computer skills support group run for and by older people and support for local people to become community organisers.

The application process has two stages beginning with a short online form. Not all areas are eligible – there is an interactive map to guide you. There is step-by-step guidance to help you along the way but if you need any support, you can call 02076 974021 or email apply@peopleshealthtrust.org.uk. The deadline for stage one applications is 13:00 on Wednesday 24 August 2016.

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