Health Thrive Active Community Grants 

Community First are working with The People’s Health Trust to support local applications from Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

Projects could be almost anything that encourages strong connections between people, and that help people to make their communities or neighbourhoods even better places to be. However, your application must strongly demonstrate that local people are in the driving seat, making it happen. 


Some examples of projects funded:

Peer support group for carers: £14,638
This two-year project will provide peer support and social activities for carers with a view
to reducing their social isolation and relieving the mental stress experienced as a result of
their caring responsibilities. Activities will include group meetings, peer support meetings,
pub lunches and trips and outings. Topics for sessions and destinations for trips will be
decided by participants.

Community choir project: £24,024
This new two-year project aims to set up two weekly community choirs for residents; a
youth choir for 6-17 year olds and a choir for adults. The idea developed from a six month
pilot of the choirs from which a group of participants wanting to lead the development of
the choirs has emerged. The project aims to create new and lasting friendships through
group singing sessions.

Arts project for adults recovering from mental health issues: £41,931
This is a new two-year project which will support adults recovering from serious mental
health issues. The project will provide a programme of creative activities, a Friendship
Group and encourage peer-to-peer support and mentoring. The friendship group will plan
its own activities and be instrumental in managing the project.

Play group for under 5’s and parents: £38,020
This two-year project will support participants of an existing family group in shaping the
design and delivery of activities for parents with children under five. It will offer play
resources and opportunities to learn through play, giving children time, space and
opportunities to learn about themselves as individuals and develop their social skills.
Parents will come together to build their support networks and work together to develop
the project.

IT skills group for older people: £12,191
This existing two-year project aims to deliver weekly IT sessions for people aged over 60,
so that they are able to keep connected with friends, family and events online, and stay
active in the local community. The project will enable older people in the area to socialise
and engage with other local services outside the sessions utilising the IT skills that they

Creative movement group for children with disabilities: £10,276
This new 12-month project will provide creative movement sessions during term time for
children with disabilities, and their parents and carers. A core group of participants will
build social connections through regular meetings. Based on a pilot project, participants
will continue to shape the programme on an ongoing basis.

Community growing project: £25,743
An 18-month project to establish a community growing initiative for young people and
adults of the Roma community. It aims to maintain cultural heritage and break down
barriers between the Roma and the wider community through will regular,
intergenerational gardening sessions to grow food to then be shared at monthly
workshops. Educational sessions will also be provided to help improve English skills and
support their integration into the local community. Participants will feed into decisionmaking
for the project through the management board and a youth board will also be

Men’s shed arts and crafts project: £29,032
This new two-year project aims to deliver art and craft activities for men experiencing
social isolation. The activities will be delivered in a safe and encouraging environment
which will be peer led and will help to build the participants’ confidence. There will be
two sessions a week, covering photography, drawing, painting, woodwork, model making
and one day trip per year.

Music group for adults with learning disabilities: £39,232
This two-year project is the expansion of an existing programme of weekly group sessions
for musicians and singers with learning disabilities. Building on a pilot project, it will
deliver outreach workshops, public performances, improve well-being by enabling
members to strengthen their support networks, and support participants in accessing
information and services. Group members lead and shape the programme of activities in
collaboration with professional musicians and volunteers. The project aims to challenge
perceptions of people with learning disabilities.


There are two types of applications: 

1. Community of Interest 
Applicants to this fund can be from eligible groups in Herefordshire or Worcestershire

2. Neighbourhood
Applicants to this fund can only apply from very specific neighbourhoods, shown in white on this map: - THE MAP

!but remember a Community of Interest bid is not just confined to these areas they include specific neighbourhoods within: 

Worcestershire which are within:
Worcester, Malvern Hills, Wyre Forest, Bromsgrove, Redditch, Wychavon

Herefordshire which are within: 
Hereford, Bromyard, Leominster, Ross-on-Wye 

It is a 2 Stage application process

The Stage 1 application process:

  • Email and tell us you want to apply. 

  • In your email you can also ask us any questions. We'll also come back to you asking what help you might appreciate, even if it's just an informal chat through your thinking.  

How to get to see the application form: 

  • Go to the Apply for Funding page –
  • Eligible areas of Herefordshire and Worcestershire are highlighted in white on the map. Click on that area and then click on Continue.
  • You’ll now see a page of more detailed eligibility information – click Continue at the bottom of the page.
  • On the next page, groups need to select if they are a neighbourhood-based project, or a community of interest project. Neighbourhood based projects can click on the red button to get to the online application form. Community of interest projects need to call The People's Health Trust for a Word application form, which can be returned by email.

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