Grants of up to £2,500 are up for grabs in four West Norfolk communities as part of a project to make them healthier places to live.
The Healthy Communities project, led by Norfolk County Council Public Health, has been working in towns across Norfolk, offering advice, support and resources to local people so they can work together to give everyone in their community the best chances of living well and longer.
Now, the project is offering grants of up to £2,500 – from a total funding pot of £68,000 – to help put some of the ideas into action. Applications are currently open for applications in Downham, Fakenham, Hunstanton and North Lynn.
The towns have been selected after being identified as having the greatest overall health need of Norfolk’s towns, based on their health deprivation score and taking into account population, demographic type and geographical spread.
Priority will be given to projects that promote the best start in life, healthy lifestyles or reducing emergency hospital admissions.
The fund is being coordinated by the Healthy Communities team, who have been working with residents and groups at a series of engagement events to identify the health and wellbeing issues that matter most to them, give a better understand of the factors affecting their wellbeing and provide a lead in shaping services and activities which meet local needs.
Dan Roper, cabinet member for public protection at Norfolk County Council, said: “We want to encourage as many eligible communities as possible to take advantage of this funding.
“Local people know which health issues matter most in their community, so it makes sense for them to help decide what kinds of activities will help make the most difference where they live.”
Lucy Macleod, interim director of public health at County Hall, said: “It is vital we all work together to take care of our health, to give ourselves the best chances of living well for longer – no matter where we live in the county.
“Communities can use the funding in a variety of ways, from raising local awareness of key health issues and providing training, to hosting local events and activities aimed at improving their own wellbeing.”
The other places chosen were Diss, Cromer, Wymondham, North Walsham and two wards in Yarmouth.
The future aim of Healthy Communities is to work with all Norfolk towns, as well as adapting the ‘town model’ for Norwich and for rural communities.
For more information about the fund, eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit our website or call 0344 800 8029