Community Grants for Brent residents and organisations

18 February 2021

Grants from £1,000 to £25,000 are being made available to individuals and organisations with innovative ideas and solutions to tackle the impact of COVID-19 and health inequalities.

The Brent Health Matters Programme – a joined up approach from Brent Council, NHS partners and the community to tackle health inequalities has launched its Community Grants Scheme this week.

Health inequalities are avoidable, unfair and systematic differences in health between different people. The pandemic has not only exposed long-standing health inequalities, but in many cases made them worse.

Cllr Neil Nerva, Brent’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Culture and Leisure, said, “The fund is now open to submissions from individuals and organisations that have ideas and solutions to reduce the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in the short term, and more broadly tackle health inequality issues in the longer term.”

An individual can bid for up to £1,000, with a higher threshold of £2,000, whereas an organisation can look to secure up to £15,000 in funding, with a higher threshold of £25,000. The higher threshold would require the bidder to demonstrate how they will deliver significant impact in a single ward or impact across multiple wards.

The launch of the grants will complement other elements of the Brent Health Matters programme that have already led to some real examples of acting on feedback from the community. This includes the launch of a health and wellbeing telephone advice line that has been launched as a pilot for the whole of the borough through to April, with the potential for it to be extended.

“Any Brent resident can now speak to locally based NHS staff to ask any non-clinical questions about health and social care,” explained Cllr Nerva. “They will be helped with signposting to relevant support and assisted to access the right services. Residents can also receive advice on how to better manage their health conditions.”

The Advice Line is available on 020 3114 7185, 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

To find out more, including how to apply for a Community Grant, go to www.brent.gov.uk/brenthealthmatters

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • The Brent Health Matters programme aims to address health inequalities – which are avoidable, unfair and systematic differences in health between different people.
  • The first wave of coronavirus arrived early in Brent and the virus particularly affected deprived areas with a high proportion of BAME residents, with Church End and Alperton seeing the highest numbers of cases and deaths in the whole of London.
  • Work on the Brent Health Matters programme began in Church End and Alperton with volunteers taken on as Community Champions to help connect local people with services that can improve their health and also to understand better what help and support people need.
  • In January it was announced Brent Council’s bid for a share of Community Champions funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government was successful, receiving the highest share of all the 60 councils that were allocated funding across the country, with an award of £733,333.
  • The Brent Health Matters programme is now being rolled out borough-wide with the recruitment of Community Champions from all areas of Brent; a series of outreach days; the employment of up to 40 paid Health Educators; and the development of a rolling programme of mental health and wellbeing awareness training, in addition to the grants and advice line.