New funding is available for local groups across the UK including High Wycombe and Milton Keynes.

People’s Health Trust have launched the 'Active Communities' project, a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to live and work.

Local groups with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are invited to apply for funding.

The organisation are looking for small and local projects which have been designed and are run by local people.

Using money raised by Health Lottery South East, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in neighbourhoods or communities which are currently experiencing the highest levels of disadvantage.

Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £40,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

People’s Health Trust is looking to fund projects which tackle the social determinants of health, whether that be through building social connections between people, helping people connect with their surroundings or projects which bring people together to have community power.

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, said: “We’re looking to support ideas designed and run by local people which help create even stronger links and ties within communities.

"Whether it’s a women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women, a computer skills support group run for and by older people, support for local people to become community organisers or young people living with mental ill-health wishing to address access to work issues or discrimination, we’re interested to hear about it.

“Applying couldn’t be easier - it’s about local people telling us what would make their local community an even better place to grow, live, work and age.”

The closing date for applications is at 1pm on October 6 and funding can be applied for here.