New grants programme targets health concerns in Leeds

Two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Leeds have invested a combined amount of over £1 million in their communities to improve health and wellbeing across the North, South and East of the city.

NHS Leeds North CCG and NHS Leeds South and East CCG have launched the NHS CCG Third Sector Health Grants scheme, which will  help to reduce the gap in life expectancy between the most deprived and most affluent communities and reduce health inequalities in Leeds.

Funding is available to support various projects, such as developing or delivering services, establishing and maintaining partnerships and involving local people in community activities surrounding health and well-being.

Activities being targeted include tackling alcohol addiction, providing support for those with mental health concerns and addressing the healthcare needs of children and infants.

Both funds will be managed by Leeds Community Foundation, the largest independent grant-making organisation in the city. The Foundation’s Chief Executive, Sally-Anne Greenfield, said “We are delighted that we have been able to support the CCGs in delivering a grants programme that will give much needed support to local community needs.”

Andy Harris, Clinical Chief Officer of NHS Leeds South and East CCG and GP in East Leeds, said “There are numerous challenges that South and East Leeds faces in regards to health, for example, high levels of obesity,

The NHS CCG Third Sector Grants scheme for the North, South and East is now open for grant applications. Guidance notes and application forms are available to download from: