Community grants of up to £75K aim to improve the health and wellbeing of people in North Leeds

NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging community groups working in North Leeds to apply for their second round of Third Sector Health Grants.

The CCG has made a one-off investment of £750,000 to deliver an innovative grants scheme, managed and assessed by the city’s largest independent grant-maker, Leeds Community Foundation.

The scheme aims to build evidence of community activity, improve health and wellbeing, prevent ill health and ultimately enable local people to lead healthier lives. 

The programme has already awarded grants of over £100,000 to support seven local community projects tackling a range of local health needs, including:

  • RJC Dance, which will promote health & fitness in BME children and young people through their ‘RJC Dance for Life’ programme. 
  • DIAL Leeds, which will establish a volunteer team to provide advice and support to people using Leeds North Food bank who are living with impairments or long-term health conditions.   

NHS Leeds North CCG is keen to continue to invest in services and projects which support improvements in health, wellbeing and quality of life, in line with the aims of the Leeds Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy. This strategy sets out a vision for Leeds to be a healthy and caring city for all ages, where people who are the poorest improve their health the fastest. 

Nigel Gray, Chief Officer of NHS Leeds North CCG, said “One of our key aims with this programme is to learn more about the positive health impacts that can be delivered through innovative schemes by organisations from the voluntary, community or faith sector. 

“If the evidence from these pilot schemes is sufficiently robust, we could then potentially look at re-distributing resources within the local health system to fund those schemes which successfully address our health priorities.   

“We are delighted that we have already been able to support local groups in addressing a range of diverse needs. We are excited to launch the second round of grants and hope to see a variety of applications that can achieve demonstrable, measurable health impacts.” 

The latest programme will be offering small grants of up to £10,000 to pilot new, innovative ideas, as well as large grants of up to £75,000 to develop programmes that can demonstrate that they are helping to meet health and wellbeing priorities in the North of Leeds. Applications which clearly impact on the ability of people to improve self-care and optimise health outcomes will be prioritised. 

Chief Executive of Leeds Community Foundation, Sally-Anne Greenfield, said, “It is great that groups now have the opportunity to access grants of up to £75,000 to deliver big impact projects that can support local people. We have provided an ‘Expression of Interest’ form so community organisations can gain feedback and ensure their project meets the required CCG criteria before continuing with the application process. We can’t wait to see what innovative activities and schemes are submitted.”  

The NHS Leeds North CCG Third Sector Grants scheme is now open for grant applications until Monday 30 November and will be relaunched in 2016. ‘Expression of Interest’ forms need to be submitted prior 16 November. Guidance notes and application forms are available to download from http://www.leedscf.org.uk/third-sector-health-grantsn/

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