PLEASE NOTE: The application period for the Healthier Hull Community Project Fund has now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied. Further updates will be placed on the website soon.
Voluntary and community groups with great ideas to help make the city a healthier place can now bid for up to £5,000 funding from NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group to get their ideas off the ground.
The new Healthier Hull Community Fund will be launched on 26 July 2013 with groups across the city invited to apply for funding for projects that aim to:
• improve the health of their community;
• get people active;
• improve ways to help people look after their own health/self-care.
Applicants have until 30 August 2013 to apply for funding. The application process is designed to be simple with support from the CCG to ensure that there are no barriers to completing the forms.
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A shortlisting panel made up from the CCG, GPs, community and others initially decide which projects will make it through to the second round.
What makes the process different from other grant schemes is that shortlisted applicants are invited to present their proposal to an audience made up of people in their local area who have the final say, by voting on the projects that should get the go-ahead.
A similar scheme introduced previously in Hull was very well received by with 12-15 projects being funded in each Hull CCG’s three locality areas – North, East and West, and the voting events being attended by over 200 people.
Emma Latimer, NHS Hull CCG Chief Officer, said:
“This is an exciting, participatory scheme with a voting process that puts the final decision in the hands of the public rather than public figures.
“Our aim is to involve local people, wherever we can, in deciding where money is spent in their own neighbourhood. We would love to see some imaginative ideas and projects coming forward from the community to help us in our ultimate goal of creating a healthier Hull.”
Successful community applicants under previous funding schemes have included community gardening clubs, boxing clubs and Mexican and Russian dancing groups.
Valentina Whiting from Hull’s Russian community was a successful applicant under the previous NHS community fund scheme to get a Russian dancing group up and running in Hull. Valentina says:
“Since 2010 the dance classes have been great for bringing the all parts of the community together and building friendships. We have young people and older people in the group, all wanting to be more active, improve their health and have fun.”
• It is anticipated that the shortlisting will take place during August 2013, with the public voting events set for September and funding released to successful applicants very shortly after.
• The CCG will offer sessions to help support groups who want to apply for funding to help with application and presentation skills.
• Applicants can be from anywhere; however the project they are looking to run must benefit residents within their local area.