People's Health Trust Active Communities Fund

Grants £5,000 to £40,000 to organisation supporting people to create or shape local projects that will help their community or neighbourhood to become even better

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.
People’s Health Trust has just launched Active Communities in parts of Leeds (there is a map on the website showing eligible areas).

The funding is raised by Health Lottery Yorkshire and the Humber, and will invest in projects that support people living in neighbourhoods or communities experiencing the most disadvantage. To apply organisations must be 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 1-2 two years, have less than 6 months of yearly expenditure in reserve and have been constituted for at least 3 months.  

Projects could be almost anything that encourages strong connections between people, and that help people to make their communities or neighbourhoods even better places. The funding will begin in autumn this year, as communities find ways to come back together following lockdown.   They are looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. This could be a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages. They are also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this, we mean a group of people who have something in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area, but they must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly.

The start date for successful applications is from November 2020, at which point restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to have changed significantly. The Trust encourages applicants to think about their projects in the medium term.  

Projects need to be designed and led by local people, support their neighbourhood or community to come together to address an issue that is important to them, create stronger connections between people by supporting them to meet up regularly (weekly, fortnightly or monthly, for at least one year) and be for people who experience greater social and economic disadvantage than people living in other parts of the country

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".  

There is a simple on-line 1st stage application which asks about your idea for what would make your local community an even better.   The closing date for applications is 1pm on 1st July 2020 and you will be informed within 10 days if you can go through to second stage application.  There is support from the fund at each stage, just contact them. To apply for funding visit