The Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund is managed in partnership with Sussex Community Foundation, Brighton & Hove Community Works and other voluntary sector infrastructure groups. It supports and funds community-led health improvement projects in Brighton & Hove. Not-for-profit community and voluntary groups in Brighton & Hove with an annual income below £35,000 can apply. The Community Health Fund offers one-to-one support and small grants of between £500 and £1,500 to groups who address any of the following areas:
- Education and prevention of smoking and supporting people to stop
- Helping to improve diet and nutrition and to reduce obesity
- Improving sexual health
- Encouraging active living and increasing exercise
- Improving mental health and wellbeing
- Helping to reduce social isolation
- Supporting healthy ageing and improving health related quality of life for older people
- Improving alcohol and drug awareness
- Improve health-related quality of life for those with long term health conditions
- Supporting health and well being on a reduced budget.
You can download the guidelines here.
One of the groups which has received a grant is Destressed Art, a new youth-led project for young people aged 13-18 who have experienced mental health issues. The group received £1,500 from the Brighton & Hove Community Health Fund to create a graphic novel. This resource would be used to educate other young people about their personal experiences of mental health.