HEALTH AND WELLBEING FUNDS FOR ALL
The Health and Wellbeing Funds for All replaces the former Day Opportunities Fund. The Day Opportunities Fund was originally set up with the criteria of improving social isolation and promoting independence for older people. The members of the Safe and Healthy Action Partnership (SHAP) agreed that the criteria should now be opened up to include all age groups with a direct link to Scotland's Public Health Priorities.
Funding is available through the Safe and Healthy Action partnership (SHAP) for two Local Funds, namely :-
1. The Health and Wellbeing Fund for All that will be used to support the development of regular, new or additional groups/activities for people within Annandale and Eskdale where a gap has been identified. The principle aim of this fund is to enable communities/groups to support the health and wellbeing priorities. In addition it aims to reduce social isolation and promote independence.
2. Sport Grants Funding - is awarded towards sports equipment, training for coaches and volunteers, travel and competition expenses, clothing/kit expenses, sports events and improving and extending facilities (Not for everyday running costs)
Fund 1: Health and Wellbeing Fund for All - Criteria for Applications
The overarching outcome for this Fund is:
People are able to access and support a wide range of low level opportunities within their local community which enable them to keep mentally and physically active, lead a more fulfilling life, continue with life-long learning, maintain and develop friendships, feel less isolated, self-manage a long-term condition, make a contribution and support others.
Applications will be considered for projects/activities which support at least one of the following:
• People live in vibrant, healthy and safe places and communities
• Young people are able to flourish in their early years
• People eat well, have a healthy weight and are physically active
• People have good mental health and wellbeing
• Communities have a sustainable, inclusive economy with equality of outcomes for all
• People are supported to reduce the use of and harm from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
The following are the types of projects/activities which could be supported and have been taken from “The Campaign to End Loneliness”. However, this is not an exhaustive list and are just examples:
• Social groups and Friendship groups which aim to help people stay connected with others e.g. “Men’s Sheds”
• “Lunch club” type activities - in local cafes, for instance
• Community activities e.g. reminiscence and local history projects, arts and crafts activities
• Health promotion interventions e.g. exercise sessions, healthy eating
• Supporting early years’ activities
The fund is intended as a way of supporting the setting up of new groups and activities but to be successful, applicants will need to indicate how the activity/group can become self- sustainable or able to attract funding from other sources for the longer-term. The fund is not there to support one-off events such as Christmas meals, day trips etc. Given the volume of projects being submitted and to avoid duplication, it is important to speak to the local contact about your ‘idea’ to ensure it complements other provision in the area.
The funding will be distributed through a simplified award process – decision making will be through a panel of independent SHAP members. Applications will be determined at the discretion of the panel but good geographical spread and the potential number of people to be supported will be part of the consideration.
Fund 2: Sports Grant Funding - Criteria for Applications
- Maximum grant award that can be awarded is 50% of the project costs, up to a maximum of £500 for Sports Clubs and £300 for Individuals.
- Applicants must be participating in a sport formally recognised by Sportscotland.
- Grant funding is awarded towards sports equipment, training for coaches and volunteers, travel and competition expenses, clothing/kit expenses, sports events and improving and extending facilities.
- Grant funding is not available towards running costs of heating, lighting, rent, water, wages or rates.
- Applicants will be encouraged not to become overly dependent upon grant funding year after year and will be encouraged to undertake some fund raising of their own.
- Grant applications, where possible must be supported by invoices, quotes or any press cuttings relating to the grant.
- The funding must be spent within three months but this can be extended with approval depending on the project.
- Any monies not used towards the purpose of the application must be returned.
- Grant awards should normally be utilised in full during the financial year in which they are awarded.
- The Safe and Healthy Action partnership (SHAP) support should be acknowledged in any publicity/social media.