A new fund launched this week is offering grants of up to £20,000 to community groups supporting the health and wellbeing of people in North Somerset.
The new North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP) Fund held with Quartet Community Foundation will provide permanent funding to support local health and wellbeing, as well as educating healthcare providers in North Somerset. The money in the fund comes from reserves previously held by the NSCP.
This year the new NSCP Fund has over £360,000 to award to local causes in North Somerset.
Julie Newman from Quartet Community Foundation said: “We’re so excited to be able to bring this grant funding to North Somerset. It’s an amazing place but too many problems continue to blight lives including children growing up in poverty, rising levels of domestic abuse, growing incidence of hate crime and health inequalities. This funding will boost projects tackling health and wellbeing such as those getting older people together to support their mental and physical health, helping disabled people break isolation, tackling homelessness, supporting food banks, BME groups. This fund has a wide remit to support health and wellbeing.
“The Covid crisis has really shone a light on the amazing community spirit, as we’ve seen new community responses spring up overnight. I’m delighted we can now support many of North Somerset’s local causes addressing health and wellbeing with grants of up to £20,000 each.”
The North Somerset Community Partnership Grant Programme particularly seeks to support local voluntary and community groups and organisations in North Somerset that:
• support people to improve their health or social and environmental wellbeing
• support early intervention and prevention around health and wellbeing, including mental health
• support health and wellbeing groups and their beneficiaries that have been affected specifically by the outbreak of Covid-19, including core costs
• support new ways of working that have emerged from the Covid-19 outbreak
• support health and wellbeing organisations to plan for the future, aiding long term sustainability
• support health and wellbeing initiatives, including sports facilities for schools.
To be considered for the first round applications must be received by 16 July.