£2 million fund to support new health projects

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A new £2 million fund has been launched by NHS Tayside with the aim of benefiting communities across the health authority’s area.

Sandy Watson, chairman, announced the pioneering Community Innovation Fund on Tuesday, which builds on the work of the former cash4communities fund to help community groups to develop local improvement projects that will benefit the health and well-being of their local population.

The fund is financed through the Tayside Health Fund, the charity for NHS Tayside.

Mr Watson said: “I am delighted to be launching this fund which can really go to the heart of a community to make a difference.

“The fund will play a vital role in supporting local people to make decisions about the changes they want to see to help them improve the health, well-being and resilience of their own communities.

“The Community Innovation Fund hopes to support new, innovative projects which will work in partnership with communities in disadvantaged areas, promoting quality of life, overall health and well-being and creating a stronger sense of community and social relationships.”

Richard McIntosh, Community Capacity Building Officer with NHS Tayside and first point of contact for enquiries about the fund, said that local communities tend to e best at tackling many problems themselves

He continued: “Often they just need a little support and funding to get started. Together we can build stronger, happier and healthier communities.”

Community groups can apply for amounts between £500 and £35,000 annually to establish new projects. Further information is available at www.communityinnovationfundtayside.scot.nhs.uk