Five grants are available, up to a value of £3,500, are available through the Blackburn with Darwen Good Health Fund. This is a new small grants fund that is being run by Blackburn with Darwen CVS on behalf of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Public Health.
Grants will be aligned to each of the key themes within the Blackburn with Darwen Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2012-2015, which can be found at http://bit.ly/phar2013. The report is based around five themed chapters that explore the key stages and aspects of people’s lives:
► Best start for children and young people
► Health and work
► Safe and healthy homes and neighbourhoods
► Promoting good health and supporting people when unwell
► Promoting older people’s independence and social inclusion
The web link for the independent report of the Director of Public Health 2013 contains text and visuals, with hyperlinks to the supporting joint strategic needs assessment documents and several Youtube videos of local health initiatives which should help in raising awareness of the context to the grant programme in an accessible manner.
There is an emphasis on both new and fresh ideas and also community capacity building. It is hoped to engage smaller VCF organisations where possible. While grant of £3500 can be applied for, smaller bids help spread the funding further and help us broaden engagement.
The fund is only open to local charities, social enterprises, voluntary or community groups (i.e. not for profit organisations). An end of project report will be required.
In 2012, the first Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Blackburn with Darwen (http://bit.ly/1erBfme) was launched which set out the overarching plan through which the public, private, community and voluntary sectors, as well as residents themselves, will work together to improve health and wellbeing for and with local people over the next 3 years.
The independent report of the Director of Public Health 2013 (http://bit.ly/1ig4Ftl) identifies the key health risks and opportunities for people in Blackburn with Darwen and makes recommendations for action that local organisations, communities and individuals can take to improve health and wellbeing over the coming year.
Deadline for applications is Monday 6th January 2014.