The Living Well Sefton is now accepting applications for its Community Resilience Grants to support people to improve their health and wellbeing.
This round has a special focus on addressing mental health within the borough, including tackling inequalities, developing community activities and overcoming problems in the community.
Projects do not necessarily have to be new for this round but they are looking to fund projects aiming to support mental health.
More than 100 projects have so far been funded through the grant fund addressing themes such as:
- Reducing social isolation for older people;
- Increasing people’s confidence and self-esteem;
- Improving people’s fitness;
- Helping to build awareness of healthy cooking and nutrition;
- Encouraging the whole family in developing activities together.
- The maximum grant available to organisations is £2,000;
- The maximum grant available to individuals is £500.
- Community groups, residents, groups, voluntary organisations, faith-based groups, and social enterprises working in, or providing services to the residents of Sefton.
Organisations involved in the project for which the grant will be used must all:
- Be a constituted body and have a bank account with a minimum of two signatories
- Follow an open access policy
- Be non-political
- Agree to all appropriate staff and volunteers being trained in Making Every Contact Count
Applications for funding must demonstrate they:
- Have a focus on activities to improve health & wellbeing, especially activities involving mental health.
- Have completed the necessary risk assessments.
Support the aim of Living Well Sefton to reduce health and social inequalities and improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of people and families in thier most deprived communities and delivering strategic goals of:
- Address inequality by improving the health of the poorest fastest.
- Increase resilience at individual, household and community levels.
- Contribute to supporting people to stay well and live independently for longer, without reliance on additional support such as social care and the NHS.
- Being innovative or creative to address a specific problem or need.
- Working in partnership with others to avoid duplication and maximise impact.
Help to contribute towards Sefton Borough Council’s 2030 Vision, along the following themes:
- Resilient people and places
- Growing, living and ageing well
- A great place to live, work and play
- Community activities, sociability and wellbeing
- Accessibility and links between services and the community
- Activities funded should have clear and specific outcomes to be achieved within a defined period of time.
- Delivery of funded projects should not be dependent on groups securing further additional funding. Projects ideally should be ‘stand alone’. Living Well Sefton will not fund ongoing organisational costs.
- Community Resilience Grants cannot fund political activities, religious activities, or the promotion of personal objectives.
- Activities that have already received funding through the Community Resilience Grant will not be eligible for further funding for the same activity in subsequent years. Groups may apply for more than one grant for distinct and different projects, with each application being assessed on its own merits.
- Groups are required to take reasonable steps to ensure that their activities can be made available for as broad a range of people as possible and that positive measures are put in place to remove any barriers to access.
- All organisations must have safeguarding policies in place.
- Organisations awarded a grant must have the appropriate public liability and employer’s liability insurance for the activities that they provide if necessary.
- All grant recipients will be required to publicise the support of Living Well Sefton on publicity material including using the Living Well Sefton logo.
- Applications must be submitted on the standard 2022/23 application form. If the application form is not fully completed then the application will not be considered.
- Funding will not be awarded for activities that have already taken place.
- Organisations and individuals receiving funding will be required to take part in the monitoring and evaluation process and provide feedback when requested. Projects should be able to report on outcomes within 6 months of receiving the grant. Living Well Sefton can provide support with monitoring and evaluation of outcomes.
For more information, visit Living Well Sefton.