Cheltenham Health and Wellbeing Grants 2023

Closed 1 Nov 2023

Opened 11 Sep 2023

Results updated 2 Nov 2023

2 November 2023

Thank you to everyone that submitted an application to our health and wellbeing grant fund 2023. 

In total, we have received 46 applications requesting a total of £356k. There is a pot of £100k available. 

We will now begin the process of assessing the applications and will respond to  applicants in the next few weeks. 



We know that many people in our communities face both physical and emotional health and wellbeing challenges which are being exacerbated by the cost of living crisis.

There are corresponding pressures on the organisations that support our communities including health, public and community-based organisations.

Via the Cheltenham Integrated Locality Partnership, health and wellbeing partners have agreed to create a pot of funding to support community-based projects that will help improve the health and wellbeing of local residents and the communities they live in.

Grant priorities – to enable community-based organisations to deliver against one or more of the following priorities:

  • Support people to feel more connected to the communities they live in or identify with
  • Support people to lead active lifestyles
  • Support people to have access to a healthy, balanced diet
  • Support people to have access to cultural and creative opportunities.
  • Support the health and wellbeing of our diverse communities, particularly those that we know are facing health inequalities

Cross-cutting principles – all projects are expected to tell us the degree to which they will meet our principles:

  • How the project will pro-actively support individuals or communities that are facing health inequalities
  • How the project will be truly accessible and capable of meeting diverse needs
  • How the project will take a community-based, preventative approach, encouraging people to keep well in their community and in their home
  • How the project will create the links to the wider environment and sustainability agenda, particularly looking at opportunities for projects that will help Cheltenham meets its carbon zero target

Who can apply?

The fund is open to any formally constituted organisations with a UK-based bank account in the name of your organisation (or for schools, a local authority bank account), including voluntary and community sector groups, social enterprises, public sector organisations and schools.

We also welcome applications from groups of organisations.

How much can be applied for?

The maximum budget to be allocated per project will be £10,000. But please contact us if your project requires more funding.

As there is a total pot of £100k for this fund, please be mindful of how much you intend to apply for. 

What we won’t fund:

Activities that take place or any expenditure incurred or committed before we confirm our grant (including deposits)

Delivered outside Cheltenham Borough

Loans or interest payments

Political or religious activities

Projects where it is considered that assistance may have been received from a third party for their own commercial benefit

Projects or activities that the public sector has a legal obligation to provide

VAT that you can recover

Why your views matter

Please use this online form to make your application to the Cheltenham Health and Wellbeing Grant Fund 2023.

*For details of how your information will be used please see Cheltenham Borough Council's privacy policy *

What happens next

From the early November onwards, an assessment panel, which will include representatives from Cheltenham Integrated Locality Partnership will begin to assess the submitted applications. They will consider the information supplied on the proposals form to assess the following seven criteria:

  • Does the project meet one or more of the five priority areas and our grant principles?
  • Is the project based on an evidence that it is needed and or be innovative and include plans for a robust evaluation
  • Does the project that work hand in hand with the beneficiaries, understanding their needs and working with them to co-create the interventions?
  • Is the project inclusive, compassionate and strengths-based?
  • Is the project sustainable beyond the end of the grant funding (whether the project itself is sustained or simply the benefits)
  • Is the project community-based enabling beneficiaries to build longer-term relationships with local providers and therefore more sustainable in the longer run?
  • Does the project represent good value for money


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