New funding programme to support local health projects

08 February 2021

New funding programme to support local health projects
Community organisations working to improve the health and wellbeing of people in north west London most affected by Covid-19 will have the chance to bid for vital funding, thanks to an innovative new grants programme.

Working in partnership with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, we’ve set aside £450,000 to support the ‘Compassionate Communities’ initiative.

Local groups will be able to apply for a share of the funds to help drive forward community-led projects designed to tackle major health problems, such as:

·        food poverty and obesity

·        mental health and wellbeing

·        digital poverty and exclusion

·        language barriers and misinformation.

This new funding programme will also help to address some of the complex, longer-term impacts of Covid-19 in north west London.
 

“We want to connect with people across north west London and really understand what our local populations need.”

Hannah Fontana, Programme Manager


Hannah Fontana, Compassionate Communities Programme Manager, said: “The pandemic has had a big impact on our hospitals this year, but Covid-19 has also deepened many complex health problems in our wider communities.

“To help us tackle these issues, we want to connect with people across north west London who are already leading fantastic initiatives and really understand what our local populations need.”
 

How will it work?


A range of grants will be awarded to local organisations in spring 2021 with a focus on supporting community-led projects that work with people who consistently experience health inequality and have been significantly affected by the pandemic.

As well as awarding vital funding, extra advice and support will be provided to help community groups maximise the impact of their work and make their projects more sustainable.
 

“This programme is a unique opportunity for us to reach out and bring people together.”

Francesca Ferro, Head of Grants


Francesca Ferro, Head of Grants at Imperial Health Charity, said: “As well as helping our hospitals do more, we’re committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of the wider community in north west London.

“This exciting new programme is a unique opportunity for us to reach out, bring people together and understand how we can support even better care for the most vulnerable people in our local communities.”

Last year, representatives from local groups were invited to form a community panel to help design the Compassionate Communities programme. Applications open on Monday 8 February, with grants due to be awarded to successful applicants in the spring.

Read more information about Compassionate Communities and guidance on how to apply here.