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Local health and wellbeing projects are being invited to apply for grants from Salford Council for Voluntary Service’s (CVS) Wellbeing Fund.

The Wellbeing Fund, now in its fourth year, gives grants of up to £1,000 to small voluntary, community or social enterprise sector organisations, with less than £100,000 turnover per year, who provide projects which help to improve the health and wellbeing of Salford residents.

The grants are funded by NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Eligible projects for the grants include those which fall under one or more of the established ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’:  connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.

Examples include projects which help reduce social isolation; increase physical activity; increase a sense of community belonging; increase employability or improve happiness and a sense of wellbeing.

Last year, from 200 applications submitted, fifty local projects were granted funding. These included:-

Mature Movers in Little Hulton - a weekly  exercise group for older people with long-term conditions and poor mobility

Family Led Services – providing non-clinical support and sign-posting to people with terminal illness and/or people living with life-limiting conditions and their families.

DIY Theatre’s ‘Art of Communication’ project  - providing accessible, high-quality drama activities for adults with learning disabilities.

A panel consisting of Salford CVS, Salford CCG and a representative from a Community, Voluntary and Social Enterprise organisation will assess bids and agree which projects should be funded.

There will be four rounds of funding and successful groups will be informed within a week of the panel meeting.

Details about the application process and everything you need to apply for a grant can be found here: http://www.salfordcvs.co.uk/live-grants

If you’re not sure if your project is eligible for a Wellbeing Fund grant, you can get advice from Salford CVS, call 0161 787 7795  or email grants@salfordcvs.co.uk., however, organisations that received a Wellbeing Fund grant in the last 12 months are not eligible.

Bidders are asked to email their completed application form and any supporting documentation to: grants@salfordcvs.co.uk or post it to: Salford CVS, The Old Town Hall, 5 Irwell Place, Eccles, M30 0FN

All bids to the Wellbeing Fund must be returned by 12 noon on Monday 25 June 2018.

Salford CVS also manage other community funds supported by Salford CCG which community projects can bid for, such as the Impact Fund and Healthy Schools. Further details about these funds can be found here http://www.salfordcvs.co.uk/live-grants

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