First for Wellbeing Target Fund

Please note:  The next closing date for the First for Wellbeing Target Fund will be on Friday 6 October. The First for Wellbeing Target fund will not be available again until the Autumn, due to demand and uptake of the fund.


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The First for Wellbeing Target Fund will offer grants from £500 up to £20,000 to develop ongoing project activity or initiate new project activity supporting people's health and wellbeing for the Northampton wards of Castle and Spencer and the Wellingborough ward of Swanspool.
The project activity must be specifically targeting people and communities who are vulnerable or socially isolated or suffer from loneliness and poor mental wellbeing.
The project activity MUST have a community development approach and show how this work will continue beyond one year of funding. The role of community development is to support people and communities to identify and articulate their needs, and to take practical collective action to address them.
Projects will be considered across a range of activities including arts, culture, education and skills, environment, tackling disadvantage and exclusion, sports and recreation.
Your application must explain how the activities will support the improvement of health and wellbeing for individuals and communities for example reducing social isolation and loneliness, improving people's physical, emotional and mental health, improving the quality of the local environment and use of public space.
Example projects may include:

  • Projects reducing social isolation

  • Projects addressing low mental wellbeing

  • Community action time banks

  • Volunteering opportunities

  • Paying for a training programme

  • Buying materials for a community arts group

  • Delivering new cultural experiences

  • Recycling projects or other positive local environmental projects e.g. community composting

  • Projects that benefit older people, helping them to stay in their local community or feel part of their community

  • Small community events to build neighbourliness and to enable communities to meet their own needs

  • A newsletter or e-bulletin that seeks to put people in touch with each other

  • Healthy eating projects

Is my group eligible?
  • Your group must be a small, locally managed, voluntary, community or self-help group.

  • Applicants will need to demonstrate that the activity will help support the First for Wellbeing core purpose of 'Helping you to help yourself.'.

  • You must have people volunteering to help with your activity, who are not part of your management committee.


The programme will not fund the following:

  • Profit making organisations

  • Capital or refurbishment project

Next closing date: Friday 6 October 2017

Apply Now

Please wait for at least 15 minutes & check your junk mail for the email containing the link.

Please read the guidance notes and download the reference form and supporting documents checklist at the bottom of the page before applying.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation can provide advice and guidance during the application process aswell as viewing draft applications prior to submission. 
Email Rachel McGrath for more information or call the grants team on 01604 230033.

Please see grant deadlines for upcoming deadline dates. 

Project Type: Health & Wellbeing

Grant Location:  Castle & Spencer (Northampton) & Swanspool

Grant Amount: Up to £20,000