People’s Health Trust active communities programme – HealthFreedom opportunity

WSA Community Consultants is part of a team working for Citizens UK. They are supporting the People’s Health Trust to generate applications that meet the criteria and outcomes of the Active Communities Programme.  They wish to identify potential groups in Croydon as HealthFreedom, the programme for this area, will be opening soon. 

Are YOU a local group or organisation with great ideas to make your community an even better place to live? 

If so, this might be for you!

The Active Communities Fund is for community groups and not for profit organisations with an income of less than £350,000 a year that are seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000, for projects lasting between 12 months up to two years.  The project should take place within a small area for a small group of people, such as 20-30 streets or an estate, in areas that are considered most deprived.  To see which areas of Croydon are eligible you can look at the map here

The application process for Active Communities Funding has two stages. They will be providing support to groups across HealthFreedom that are looking to bring people together for community-led projects.    screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-10-40-27

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday 17th November 2016

WSA Community Consultants will be hosting a workshop in Croydon to give groups more information about the Active Communities Programme and talk to them about their project ideas. They can also speak to groups before hand to run through a short eligibility check over the phone. 

For more information on the programme please see the notes below or visit the People’s Health Trust website  Alternatively, get in touch with Emma Morgan by emailing  

You can download a form here.  eoi-eligibility-check-form
Use this form, along with the map to see if you are eligible to apply


Active Communities Funding:  

Active Communities Funding is for projects that are very small and local working to support communities to make a lasting change & that can demonstrate they have been designed and will be run by local people (or at least with a high level of participation).      

What do you mean by a great idea?
Your idea for a great project could be almost anything that encourages strong connections between people and which helps people to make your communities or neighbourhoods even better. The Trust is looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or a couple of villages. 

What types of ideas does People’s Health Trust support?
As long as they improve connections between people and help make neighbourhoods better, then The Trust would consider most good ideas. For example, a mediation service run by tenants, computer skills for older people group or a community transport service in a rural area. 

What kind of things may be funded?

Computer groups for older people;
Group of community volunteer drivers to support isolated people;
Young people setting up their own local group
TRA group training local people in mediation;
Community organisers group on an estate;
Group supporting local BAME women to move into local politics 

 - Projects that are very small and local working to support communities to make a lasting change; 

 - Projects that can demonstrate they have been designed and will be run by local people (or at least with a high level of participation);       

 - Projects in high areas of deprivation – the project itself must be based in areas that are in the top 25% of deprivation (reference Index of Multiple Deprivation);   

- Applicant organisations whose turnover is £350k or under and have no more than 6 months reserves  

The applicant does not have to be based in that area but does have to demonstrate how the project will be designed and run by local people. 

In terms of the amount of funding the project needs to be a minimum of 12 months and maximum of 2 years and groups can apply for between £5,000 and £25,000 per year.  


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