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Wellbeing Innovation Fund open for bids

Herefordshire Council is inviting bids for funding from the county’s voluntary and community sector, parish councils and schools to pay for exciting and creative projects that can improve people’s lives. 

The Wellbeing Innovation Fund offers grants of between £5k and £20k to help get innovative exciting ideas off the ground that can make a big difference to people’s lives, particularly those who are vulnerable, or lonely.  

Since the fund was launched for a first round last November, 11 awards have been made across the county to a total value of £147k.  Creative ideas submitted were broad, ranging from a ‘Men’s Shed’ project targeting older men and encouraging them to get out and meet others with similar interests, to a  project connecting people to their community in Hereford city.

Helen Coombes, director for adults and wellbeing, said: “We held a successful event earlier this month for interested groups to share their ideas and talk about the process of applying for funding.  There are some fantastic creative ideas out there which can be developed into some rich community-based activities that bring people together.   I would urge anyone interested in making a big difference to their community to look at the information and apply for this funding while we have it. “

More information is available on the council’s website.  Closing date for applications 5pm, 9 September 2015.

 

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