£250k fund available to improve Hackney’s health


Groups are being invited to propose creative ideas to improve health and wellbeing with the launch of the third annual Healthier Hackney Fund.

Following the success of last year’s fund, which supported 24 innovative projects across the borough, the Council has set aside £250,000 for a new set of initiatives.The fund is open to voluntary, community and social enterprise groups, and there are three grants to bid for:

  • Healthy activities: Community resilience and the wider determinants of obesity – up to £30,000 to run activities and projects to help communities build the skills they need in order to cope with a given health issue, such as anxiety or social isolation, or to address the wider causes of obesity.
  • Healthy ideas: Health literacy – up to £12,000 to develop and pilot a new approach to encourage residents to listen, understand and act upon health guidance, such as how to sleep well, improving LGBT+ mental health, getting the best start in life and physical health in the workplace.
  • Healthy neighbourhoods – up to £1,000 to kickstart initiatives which support health and wellbeing in local communities.

A launch event is taking place at Dalston’s Arcola Theatre on Tuesday, 20 September, from 9am to 12pm. The drop-in session is an opportunity for people to learn more about the application process, timescales and the aspirations of the grants.

They will be able to meet the Council’s Public Health and Grants teams, discuss their proposals with each other and the potential for joint bids, and talk to organisations which secured funding in the past.

Dr Penny Bevan, Hackney Council’s Director of Public Health
The fund is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to create and test innovative new projects to help tackle many of the long standing health issues faced by our residents.

Each funding year has introduced projects that have really made an impact across Hackney’s communities.
Dr Penny Bevan, Hackney Council’s Director of Public Health

Applicants have until 4 November to submit an expression of interest, and projects start from April 2017. For more information and to register for the launch event, visit Eventbrite or the Hackney Health Fund webpage.