Community organisations encouraged to apply for grants to support wellbeing and independence
Shropshire Council’s adult social care small preventative grant fund is now open for applications for grants of up to £4,000, for community-based organisations in Shropshire that support wellbeing and independence.
The council will be looking to grant fund activity supporting residents to remain independent and physically and mentally well, with the aim to prevent avoidable admissions into hospital or from reaching a crisis.
Funding is available for activity to be delivered between 1 April 2024 and 31 March 2025. It is aimed at voluntary organisations and community groups working in Shropshire, and for those wishing to start up new initiatives. All applicants will need to demonstrate how their proposed activity supports The Shropshire Plan .
Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said:-
“Following the success of last year’s grant, we want to encourage community and voluntary organisations who are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of local communities, to apply for our adult social care small preventative grant fund.
“Community-led activity of this nature is essential in helping us to tackle inequalities, such as those influenced by the rural nature of our county, rising hardship associated with the cost of living and our ageing population.
“Last year 18 organisations were awarded grants, totalling over £40,000. Those community and voluntary organisations have been delivering some amazing activities and support across Shropshire which are having a positive impact in our local communities. It’s been very inspiring and encouraging to see how their projects have been supporting residents to keep physically and mentally well, and helping to reduce the pressures on our health and social care system.”
How to apply
The grant application form along with our guidance and information document can be accessed here: www.shropshire.gov.uk/shropshire-choices/adult-social-care-preventative-small-grants-programme-2024-2025/
Applications will be reviewed and scored based on the extent to which the proposed activity supports our priorities and key criteria.
Closing date for applications is Friday 9 February 2024 at midday.
Due to the high level of applications that are received for the preventative grant programme, the council also strongly advises groups and organisations to firstly consider if the activity to be delivered is suitable to be funded through alternative grant programmes that are available, and suggest accessing the following resources:-
- The Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly funding opportunities roundup: Funding Opportunities Roundup | VCSA (vcsvoice.org)
- Crowdfund Shropshire (Spacehive): Crowdfund Shropshire – Home (spacehive.com)