Let's Do It - Health Improvement Community Fund

We are no longer accepting applications to the Health Improvement Community Fund.

If you have submitted a bid, we will get back to you by 31 December to tell you whether you have been successful or not.

Thank you for getting involved. We look forward to working with our local communities in helping local people to move more, live well and build their resilience as we learn to live with coronavirus for the foreseeable future.

If you have a query about your application email movemorelivewell@bury.gov.uk or phone:

  • North, East neighbourhood enquiries: 07971 379057
  • West neighbourhood, Prestwich, Whitefield enquiries: 07583 111544

Background information

About the health improvement community fund

Coronavirus has had a serious impact on everyone, and it remains a serious health risk. 

This fund is to support local people and communities to recover from the coronavirus pandemic as we start to build back better and learn to live with the virus for the foreseeable future. It is part of a wider borough-wide programme that will support the future health, wellbeing, and resilience of our communities. 

Grants of up to £5,000 or £20,000 could be applied for, depending on how many localities the project or activity would be delivered within. More detail is provided below.  

Who could apply for funding

Applications were welcome from the following supporting people and communities within the Borough of Bury.

  • Community groups.
  • Charities.
  • Social enterprises.
  • Voluntary groups.
  • Clubs and societies.
  • Schools.

How much funding could be applied for 

  • Up to £5,000 for projects to be delivered within one locality.
  • Up to £5,000 per locality for projects to be delivered in two localities (a separate application must be submitted for each locality).
  • Up to £20,000 for projects to be delivered across three or more localities (apply in one application).

Please note: £20,000 was the maximum level of grant available.

What was eligible for funding 

Projects or activities that will be delivered within the Borough of Bury that: 

  • encourage and support people to make healthier choices and lead healthy lifestyles;
  • enable as many people as possible to get 'out and about' walking and exercising;
  • inspire people to enjoy the outdoors and Bury's green and open spaces;
  • bring communities together and support positive mental health and wellbeing;
  • support Bury people to recover from the longer-term effects of Covid; or
  • reduce inequalities and support communities and groups hardest hit by the pandemic.

When shaping ideas you must refer to the relevant health improvement framework:

Which projects or activities will be prioritised for funding

Precedence will be given to funding applications which can demonstrate they support one or more of the following target audiences.

  • Young people, particularly those aged 16 to 24.
  • Residents and families with young children, and particularly those aged 0 to 4.
  • BAME residents overall, but Asian residents in particular.
  • Muslim residents and those for whom English is not their first language.
  • Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people.
  • Carers and residents where someone in their household has been told they are at high risk from COVID.
  • Those living with a disability or long term health condition.
  • Residents that have served in the armed forces.
  • Those living in the 'most deprived' communities in Bury.

Please note: If you plan to work with vulnerable adults or young children relevant DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks and safeguarding policies must be in place, where required. 

    When projects or activities can start and when approved funding has to be spent by 

    • Projects or activities can start as soon as possible after funding is approved and received, but must begin within 3 months. 
    • Approved funding must be fully spent by 30 September 2022.