Healthy activities grants

Grants of up to £60,000 are available to run practical activities that will address a given priority health issue. The priority topics for this year’s Healthy Activities fund are:

Applications for funding for 2019/20 open on 8 October 2018, for projects that will be delivered from 1 May 2019. The deadline for expression of interest forms was 12 noon (midday) on Friday 16 November 2018.

The application process

Applications are now closed.

We ask all applicants to read the following documents:

Overview of the application process

There’s a two-stage process for the 2019/20 Healthy Activities fund. The outline and timetable for applying is:

Stage 1

Applications open on 8 October.

Organisations are required to submit an expression of interest by 12 noon (midday) on Friday 16 November.

Expressions of interest are shortlisted, and successful groups are invited to present a short pitch to a panel. Dates for these pitching sessions are 10-12 December, and we will make our best efforts to accommodate you to ensure your appointment is at a convenient time. If you are unavailable to present your application, it will not be put through to the next application stage.

Stage 2

This will be a longer application form where applicants who pass the pitch phase can provide more information on the project’s outcomes, outputs and proposed budgets. A final decision will be based on this application form.

Successful applicants for 2018/19

The healthy activities fund for 2018/19 was awarded to the following community groups and social enterprises. This information is split according to the priority area chosen to focus on.

Healthy activities: mental wellbeing at times of change

Topic focus: We asked for bids which explored the provision of advice and tools that staff and volunteers in local organisations can use to promote mental wellbeing at key change points in people’s lives, for example changing school, coming out as LGBT, moving house or being bereaved.

Organisation Project title Request amount

Mind in the City,

Hackney and Waltham


Young people will be supported to deliver MH Awareness, First Aid, Five-to-Thrive, and signposting sessions to workers in

schools/community centres, equipping them to recognise stressors in YP during periods of change and access relevant services.

Core Arts Core Resilience: innovative creative support sessions, tackling physical/mental health for discharged clients at risk of relapse due to

severe mental ill-health, who are not in receipt/eligible of other services at a crucial time of transition/change.

Redthread Youth Ltd Redthread’s Youth Violence Intervention Programme works with young victims of violence, empowering them to engage with services to

support both their physical and emotional recovery, improve their mental health, and break the cycle of violence.

Tender Education

and Arts

An innovative approach to promoting mental wellbeing by empowering young people to form healthy relationships: using LGBTQ-inclusive,

arts-based abuse-prevention workshops to improve young people’s confidence, resilience and safety.


Healthy activities: Improving uptake to cancer screening

Topic focus: We asked for bids which raise awareness of the importance of cancer screening and increasing the take-up within the different communities of Hackney and the City of London. We were particularly interest in bids which target specific groups with higher rates of cancer than the general population to increase screening rates.  We were also interested in proposals for improving the targeting of screening, for example by identifying high risk individuals that could then be targeted for screening.

Organisation Project title Request amount
Hackney Council for Voluntary Services

The project aims to increase the awareness of bowel cancer and the uptake of bowel cancer screening in the older African community

through targeted outreach and working with GPs in low uptake areas


Healthy activities: Supporting disabled young people to be physically active

Topic focus: Disabled residents are much less physically active than those without disabilities. We asked for bids which aimed to reduce the health inequalities in access to local services, and in how disabled young people and their families can be supported to find their own ways of increasing or maintaining good levels of physical activity in Hackney and the City of London.

Organisation Project title Request amount
Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) The project will help 15 blind children aged 11-15 to gain the confidence, motivation and resilience to participate in physical activities and

introduce them to local organisations to sustainably continue the activity of their choice.

Disability Sports Coach Providing sports/physical activity training and coaching for disabled children in Hackney and coaching other charities’ staff to gain

sustainability so they are able to continue coaching sessions in-house.

Hackney Play Association This project will enable disabled children and young people, their families and friends to be active, have fun and make friends, through

inclusive play and sport at local adventure playgrounds.

The SONshine Club The grant will build on existing motor skill groups for C&YP with mild to moderate disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome,

Global delay and other neurological conditions thereby aiding participants on to mainstream sports.


Healthy activities: Helping people to get home from hospital

Topic focus: For many people, returning home after time in hospital is much harder than it should be. We asked for bids form applicants who were looking to work closely with hospital services, social services and other statutory organisations to support individuals to return in a safe and timely way to their place of residence. Charities can supplement existing services and provide a holistic, person centred approach which offers benefits beyond the practical needs of the service users, and encompasses an important befriending role and providing emotional support.

Organisation Project title Request amount
East End Citizens Advice Bureau The Getting Home Project will provide holistic advice and support to help people get home from hospital. This will include complex

casework and community navigators to resolve problems and re-establish people in their homes.


Previous successful applicants

Page updated on: 22 August 2019