A £1million grants scheme has been set up to reduce the gap in life expectancy between people living in the poorest and richest parts of north, south and east Leeds.
More than 100 community group, health and public sector representatives attended the launch of the new NHS CCG Third Sector Health Grants scheme at the St George’s Centre, in Leeds, today.
Issues such as alcohol addiction, support for people with mental health concerns and addressing the health needs of children and infants are high on the agenda for the scheme, which is offering grants of up to £50,000 to charities and community projects.
The initiative will see funds from NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Leeds South and East CCG distributed by Leeds Community Foundation (LCF).
Nigel Gray, chief officer at NHS Leeds North CCG, said: “The third sector is a valuable ally in the challenges we face as a city, so it is important that we engage with its members and empower them to deliver their innovative ideas to improve health and wellbeing outcomes.”
The NHS CCG Third Sector Grants scheme for the north, south and east is now open for grant applications, with the deadline for the first round of entries on June 30 before further rounds later in 2015 and early next year.
Andy Harris, clinical chief officer at NHS Leeds South and East CCG, said that the south and east of the city face health challenges such as high levels of obesity and alcohol and smoking-related illnesses.
He said the grants initiative “gives local communities the opportunity to shape how these challenges can be overcome through innovative health schemes.”
LCF chief executive Sally-Anne Greenfield added: “The grants programme will give much-needed support to local community needs.”
Visit leedscf.org.uk/third-sector-health-grants for information.