COMMUNITY groups in the Wales region that are helping local people look after their hearts can, as of January 31, apply for a £10,000 grant from national charity Heart Research UK.
The grant is available for new and innovative projects that promote healthy hearts and are aiming to reduce the risk of heart disease in their community. The deadline for applications in the Wales area is February 28.
Since 2001, Heart Research UK has awarded over 300 community grants, directly benefiting the hearts of over 70,000 individuals and countless wider community and family members across all regions of the UK. The Wales grant, along with four others, are funded by instore donations from Subway® restaurants across the country.
Cardiovascular disease is one of the world’s biggest killers, and the aim of the Healthy Heart grants is to work preventatively within communities that may be marginalised or not have access to health initiatives.
Projects should deliver health initiatives such as cooking skills, healthy eating and accessible exercise and should promote mental wellbeing and encourage people to be active. The grants are only available to not-for-profit organisations, including charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and sports groups.
Last year, the Wales grant was awarded to the ‘Community Slow Cooker Project’, a new scheme from the Clubhouse Management Committee based in Mold. The project aimed to support local people to become more aware of the different nutritional values within food and provide necessary skills, including how to cook a healthy meal on a low budget.
Kate Bratt-Farrar, Chief Executive of Heart Research UK, said: “Through the Healthy Heart grants we hope to encourage people across the whole country to make healthier choices and give them practical help to do so. These grants are available to ensure everyone has the chance to benefit from a healthier, happier and longer life.
“We’re looking for new and innovative projects that really have an impact, especially if they aim to improve the health of at risk or hard to reach communities.”
The deadline for applying for the Wales grant is the 28th of February and can be done by visiting https://heartresearch.org.uk/healthy-heart-grants/. For more information, please email [email protected]