People's Health Trust - Active Communities Funding Programme

Aims/priorities: The People's Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with 51 community interest companies, using its expertise to help identify local funding priorities and support the distribution of grants. The Active Communities Funding Programme aims to close the gap between those communities which experience the worst health in England, Scotland and Wales and the majority of the population.

The programme focuses on people living in the poorest neighbourhoods because they will, on average:

  • Die seven years younger than people living in richer neighbourhoods.
  • Spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with disability than people living in richer neighbourhoods.
  • Have higher rates of mental health problems.
  • Have a lower quality of life.

Applicants need to have a great idea, designed and led by local people which will:

  • Take place within a small area for a small group of people such as 20 or 30 streets or a couple of villages.
  • Run for between one and two years.
  • Need investment of between £5,000 and £25,000 per year.
  • Take place in one of the areas People’s Health Trust show as most needing the funding.

Groups can apply for funding for one to two years, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions which may be in place, groups are being encouraged to think about your project in the medium term.

Who can apply? Not for profit organisation or group (for a full list of eligible organisations, click here).

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Support people to create or shape local projects that will help their community or neighbourhood to become even better.
  • Be a not-for-profit group or organisation in England, Scotland or Wales.
  • Have an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 or less over the last two years.
  • Have less than six months annual running costs in savings (with no restrictions on the money).
  • Be constituted for at least three months.

Grant amount: Between £5,000 and £25,000 per year for two years.

Application process: Applicants will be able to access both the guidelines and an online form on the People's Health Trust website. There is a two-stage application process:

  • The first step is to submit the Stage 1 application form by the advertised closing date for the applicant’s area and this can be done by checking the map on the People's Health Trust website.
  • The Trust will then advise groups within 10 working days after the advertised closing date for their area, whether or not they are being invited to submit a full Stage 2 application. Groups will have at least three weeks to complete the Stage 2 application form. The Trust will let groups know if they have been successful at Stage 2 within 12 weeks after the closing date for Stage 2 applications for their area. This will depend on the number of applications received by the Trust.

The programme opens and closes in different areas at different times. To find out if the programme is open in their area, groups should use the online interactive map on the Active Communities page on the People's Health Trust website.

Deadline: Not specified

Contact information: Tel 020 7749 9100, Email

Website address:

over £25,000
Charitable Company
Constituted Group
Partnerships and Consortiums
Registered Charity
Social Enterprise
Funding Theme: 
Health and Wellbeing