Health improvement small grants now open

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is working to improve the health and social wellbeing of people in the Northern area by inviting local community and voluntary sector organisations to apply for small grants of up to £10,000.

There are two small grants (from £5,000 to £10,000) which promote healthy choices and build local communities:

1. Health Improvement Small Grants – for work that tackles drug and alcohol issues across the Northern area, including the impact of parental alcohol and drug misuse on children and young people, often referred to as ‘hidden harm’; along with building sustainable communities through allotments and community gardens;

2. Health Inequalities Small Grants – for work that improves health and wellbeing for: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) people, Travellers and Minority Ethnic communities.

The deadline for applications is September 12, and the PHA particularly welcomes proposals that target the top 20 per cent most disadvantaged super output areas (SOAs) in the PHA’s Northern area and demonstrate community involvement.

Madeline Heaney, Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement (Northern area) PHA said: “The Public Health Agency is committed to supporting local voluntary and community sector organisations in the Northern area, funding their work to improve the health and wellbeing of local people, helping them to make healthier choices and tackling health inequalities through a range of programmes supporting disadvantaged and minority groups.”

“As in previous years, we welcome applications that address local drug and alcohol issues, the effects of which reach far beyond the individual concerned, affecting families and communities.

“This year we are inviting applications to develop community gardens or allotments, as they are a recognised catalyst for encouraging healthy living, social interaction and a resource for growing local food.

“We are also keen to hear from organisations working with vulnerable and at-risk groups in the Northern area, as we know these are among the most disadvantaged communities in Northern Ireland, and have the poorest health outcomes.”

For further information, application forms and guidance notes, including relevant criteria and conditions, contact Jayne McConaghie Tel: 028 2531 1192, Fax: 028 2531 1100, Textphone: 028 2531 1001, Email:

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 12th September 2012 at 4.00pm.