The People’s Health Trust, the charity in charge of distributing the estimated £50m a year of good cause money from the new Health Lottery, has announced how its first small grants programme will work.
Funding from the Healthy Communities programme will be available for health-related projects in each of the 51 local lottery areas that make up the Health Lottery in England, Scotland and Wales. Organisations with annual turnovers of less than £75,000 can apply for up to £10,000.
The 20 per cent of ticket sales that will be put towards good causes will be allocated to different areas each week. Sometimes more than one area will be chosen.
A spokesman for the trust said applications were being accepted for the Healthy Communities programme from good causes in Scotland and the east midlands. Organisations in other locations can register their interest on the trust’s site and will be notified when their areas open for applications.
The trust has also announced details of the first grants it has awarded from its inaugural Healthy Places, Healthy People programme, which is intended to fund projects that reduce isolation among older people, provide support for informal carers and help create healthier environments and communities.
The successful organisations are strategic partners with which the trust worked before the first lottery draw took place, so it could announce awards straight away.
These include a grant of £40,579 for the Youth Sport Trust, which encourages healthier lifestyles for the least active young people in selected schools in the east midlands, and one of £44,069 for the School Food Trust’s Let’s Get Cooking initiative, which works with men across the east midlands to teach them to cook healthy meals from scratch and on a budget.
Further awards made from this programme will be announced over the coming weeks after further lottery draws are made, although the applications process for the fund has closed.
A spokesman for the trust said it would consult communities and organisations across the country to find out where the areas of greatest need were, and would then announce further grants programmes.