Reducing Health Inequalities funding

Health and Social Strategy grants and funds

Annual third sector grants

Grants are awarded each year to third party organisations which help to reduce health inequalities across the city. Grant recommendations to a value of £1.5m were made through the Council's Health Inequalities Grant Programme in 2015/16. The aims are to

  • reduce health inequalities
  • sustain and improve physical and mental health and well-being.   

Decisions regarding grant awards for 2015/16 were made by the Health, Social Care and Housing Committee at its meeting on 27 January 2015 and can be found in the Reducing Health Inequalities in Edinburgh report.

Grants 2016/17

A new approach to grants to third party organisations is currently being developed.  It is hoped that the new approach will be agreed at the CEC Health, Social Care and Housing Committee in June 2015 and  be implemented from 2016 onwards. As part of this process, about 30 providers and other groups took part in a initial co-production event in August 2014. Participants discussed what works well, what needs to be changed and what they'd like to see in the future.  A report of the event is available to download below.

In order to refine the initial suggestions, a further workshop (a report of the workshop is available to download below) and on-line surveys were carried out in March and April 2015.   The outcomes of these will be taken forward in the development of the new approach and reported to Committee for approval. 

If you need any further information on any aspect of the above grants approach, please contact: suzanne.lowden@edinburgh.gov.uk or telephone 0131 469 3877.

Social Justice Fund

The Council set up the Social Justice Fund (SJF) to support joint social justice projects. Areas for priority are

  • access to employment and income maximisation 
  • health improvement and tackling health inequality
  • community safety and youth action
  • One City inclusive actions.

Details of the fund and grant allocations for 2014 - 2015 can be found in the Social Justice Fund - Allocations report.  Allocations for 2015 - 2016 can be found in the Social Justice Fund - Allocations 2015/16.

OneCity Trust

The OneCity Trust aims to promote social inclusion in Edinburgh. The Trust carries out and funds projects that help alleviate the impact of inequalities and poverty among people in the city and advance and promote 

  • education
  • social welfare
  • human rights.

You can find out more about their work on the OneCity Trust website.

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