People’s Health Trust Active Communities

Funding priority

They’re looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, they mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.

They’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this they mean a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area but they must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly.


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Type of funder

Charitable trust or foundation

Who can apply

They fund one or two regions of Britain at any one time. Keep an eye on their website to see if a funding round is open for your area or join their mailing list to get notifications.

You can only apply for funding from the Active Communities programme if:

Your organisation supports people to create or shape local projects that will help their community or neighbourhood to become even better
You are a not for profit organisation or group
Your income is less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 or less over the last two years
You have less than six months’ annual running costs in savings (with no restrictions on the money) after you have deducted the grant you wish to request
Your organisation has been constituted for at least three months


They don’t fund:

  • Projects that aim solely to address specific health conditions,
  • Health promotion activities which aim to change behaviour
  • Projects where local people are not in control of the design and delivery of the projects
  • Projects that do not bring people together regularly (weekly, fortnightly or monthly for at least one year)
  • Applications from individuals or that benefit just one individual
  • Community of Interest projects where the members live too far apart to meet up regularly in person. Online networks may be used to support projects but cannot be the only way that people get together.
  • Projects that offer mainly one-to-one support
  • Projects where a significant part of the grant will be passed to another organisation to deliver activities
  • Profit-making organisations which includes all Limited Liability Partnerships and Companies Limited by Shares
  • Tax-funded projects, such as projects within the NHS, or projects for school-aged children in school time; projects which should be funded by public services
  • Activities which are political or religious in intention, practice or appearance
  • Activities already funded by another organisation
  • Projects that are part of a bigger project (their minimum contribution must be 50%)
  • Projects that have already happened
  • Loan repayments
  • Capital items only (e.g. equipment); you must include running costs
  • Capital items that are more than £15,000 in total
  • Contingency, evaluation or unspecified costs
  • Fundraising costs
  • Organisations that are non-compliant with their regulators (for example, Charity Commission, OSCR or Companies House) at the time of application. We will also not consider applications from organisations which have a significant history of non-compliance. We may take an exception if there are clear mitigating circumstances for your organisation’s non-compliance.
  • Organisations that have been funded previously by People’s Health Trust and have a consistent record of non-compliance in the management of their grant.

Funding Type

  1. One-off
  2. Project
  3. Regular

Grant details

They support new and existing projects which last between one and two years.

The minimum grant that you can apply for is £5,000 over one year, £7,500 over 18 months, or £10,000 over two years.

The maximum amount of funding they will invest in a project is £50,000. They are highly unlikely to fund a grant of £50,000 over one year.

One organisation can apply for a maximum of two projects in one area that is open for funding.

Existing Active Communities grant holders can only apply if their current grant ends within twelve months from the closing date of their funding area.

Size of grant

  1. Medium (£10,000 - £50,000)
  2. Small (£1 - £10,000)

Application details

To apply for a grant from People's Health Trust's Active Communities funding programme, you must first check whether your area is open for funding.

If you meet the criteria for Active Communities, you can begin the application process by submitting a short Stage 1 application form. They will advise you within 10-20 working days after the advertised closing date for your area, whether or not you are being invited to submit a full Stage 2 application.

After they have advised you if you have been invited to Stage 2, you will have at least three weeks to complete the Stage 2 application form. You will know if you have been successful at Stage 2 within 12-14 weeks after the closing date for Stage 2 applications for your area. This will depend on the number of applications received by the Trust.

Contact Details


64 Great Eastern Street


Telephone Number

020 7749 9100


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