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Lottery opens small grants programme for Suffolk

Projects in Suffolk are now invited to apply for a Healthy Communities Small Grant from the People’s Health Trust, the independent charity responsible for deciding how the good causes money raised through the Health Lottery is spent.

This new funding raised by HealthIntend – the local society lottery for Suffolk – will make awards of between £5,000 and £10,000 of Health Lottery funding to local community and voluntary groups to support activities aiming to help people live longer and healthier lives.

In deciding how the grants will be awarded the People’s Health Trust is keen to support grassroots activities targeting people at higher risk of experiencing poor health, funding activity that can show it is needed in the neighbourhoods in which it will be delivered.

To be eligible for funding, local groups will need to show that the activity that needs funding:

· aims to support an improvement in health and well being in your community;

· targets people who are at a higher risk of poor health and dying younger;

· involved the local community it serves;

· is relevant to the local community and can make a positive difference on the ground.

To find out more about applying for a Healthy Communities small grant visit the People’s Health Trust website at www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk. The deadline for applications is 6 February 2012.

To be eligible for applying for funding from this local society lottery your project should be delivered in Suffolk.

Professor Jennie Popay, chair, the People’s Health Trust, said: “I am delighted that the first open funding programme we’re launching is aimed at local charities and community groups. These groups are valuable community assets, involved in a wide range of activities that make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of their communities. Our new funding programme will be able to provide the small pots of funding that can be a lifeline to them.”

Eamonn Holmes, National Ambassador for the Health Lottery said: “Maintaining good health in our communities is of paramount importance. The Health Lottery is a chance to address some of the health issues that are on all of our doorsteps. A huge amount of wonderful work is already undertaken every day to help people live longer healthier lives and in these difficult economic times the funding raised by these local society lotteries will inject a sizeable amount of new money into that local network.”

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