image - Funding to help Richmond upon Thames be more active

Local organisations are invited to apply for funding through the Active Richmond Fund to boost the borough’s offering of activities that improve people’s health and wellbeing.

The Fund is there to support both current and emerging needs for organisations offering social and physical activities (including sports, fitness, arts and social groups).

Applications are particularly encouraged from organisations and groups who work with adults who are less active, in underserved communities, in care or offer Social Prescribing. Social Prescribing supports people to take control of their health and wellbeing by connecting them with activities and support in their local community. In Richmond upon Thames, a major element of the Social Prescribing Service is delivered by RUILS Charity in partnership with Richmond GPs, and Richmond Council is working to deliver more Social Prescribing.

Applicants can either apply for Micro Grants of up to £1,000 or Main Grants of up to £5,000. A Micro Grant provides short-term and quick funding, for example if an organisation needed some extra gym equipment. A Main Grant is for those needing funding for long-term projects, for example if an organisation wanted to introduce a new activity for a twelve-month period.

£65,000 is available through the fund and so far there have been 22 applications. Examples of funding so far awarded include:

Any project that encourages people to be active and look after their wellbeing could be awarded funding.

Find out more information and apply

Cllr Piers Allen, Lead member for Adult Social Care and Health and Chair of the Richmond Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

“Social Prescribing is being rolled out across the country by the NHS in partnership with Councils and health and community partners and allows medical professionals to signpost patients to amazing services in their community which can help them lead healthier and happier lives.

“This fund aims to increase our Social Prescribing offering. It’s great to see funding already awarded to some brilliant organisations in Richmond upon Thames who are improving people’s lives, by putting health and wellbeing at the forefront of everything they do.

“We are keen to see lots of applications so that we can work towards becoming an even healthier borough, so do please apply.”

– from a Richmond Council press release - 29 July 2021