Grants on offer for Wiltshire projects that promote healthy living (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
Get involved! Send photos, video, news & views. Text WILTS GAZETTE to 80360 or email us
Grants on offer for Wiltshire projects that promote healthy living
1:27pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
Community groups with good ideas on how to promote healthy living in their area can apply for up to £4,000 to help support their projects.
Wiltshire Council is funding the grants to help local communities begin or develop projects and activities which will engage and support people in living a healthier lifestyle.
The council is working in partnership with The Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon who will administer the funds.
The grants will go to a wide range of groups including those dedicated to helping adults and children adopt healthier lifestyles, combating isolation, supporting the elderly, promoting community green spaces for exercise and groups working to reduce drug and alcohol abuse.
Keith Humphries, cabinet member for public health and protection at Wiltshire Council, said: “Wiltshire’s health statistics are thankfully well above the national average for many indicators but we are determined to help those in need and a good way to do this is by supporting the groups actually working in the heart of their communities."
Maggie Rae, corporate director at Wiltshire Council, said: “The Community Foundation is the ideal partner for these grants as it is in the unique position of being able to reach so many small groups and charities across Wiltshire who will really benefit.”
Rosemary Macdonald, Community Foundation chief executive, said: “ We are delighted to be working with Wiltshire Council on this project. The behaviours that lead to serious health problems arise from social conditions and this is a proactive step to improving lives in Wiltshire which fits perfectly with our charitable aims.”
The closing date for the first round is in December and applications are invited now.
Those applying must be a local organisation with a local management structure. The activity they deliver must take place in Wiltshire and they must not hold more than 12 months running costs as free reserves.
However those who are not a registered charity may still be eligible. Call (01380) 729284 for help with this. The grants will be awarded in January 2014 with a second round taking place next spring.
Comments are closed on this article.