For the attention of Health and Well Being Network members:

Today sees the launch of the Health and Wellbeing Grant Fund. For 2017-18 we have £115,000 to support small scale health improvement and preventative projects. This year applicants should link their project to one of the new strategic priorities for improving health set out in the new Joint Health Improvement Plan – see here:


Our new priorities are:

Theme 1 – Getting the best start in life

Giving children a good start in life enables them to go on to be healthy adults. Ways of giving children a good start in life include: pre and during pregnancy support; breastfeeding and healthy weaning; active lifestyles; and alleviation of poverty.

Theme 2 – Working to ensure fairness
Health inequalities continues to be a priority. One of the best ways to improve health is to increase income levels. Other areas of fairness include: race, religion, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status and pregnancy. Our rural geography can also be a barrier to fairness here.

Theme 3 – Connecting people with support in their community
Health problems can be caused or made worse by social issues like loneliness, relationship breakdown, debt or homelessness. Enabling people to access community and support is called social prescribing.

Theme 4 – Focusing on Wellness not illness
Enabling people to be as healthy as possible and focus on wellness instead of illness. Doing this by building capacity in communities for healthy living and continuing to focus on assets for health i.e. what keeps us healthy.

Details of how to apply are included in the application pack HWF Application Pack 2017-18 and the application form can be found here: HWF Application Form 2017-18

Local networks will set their own closing dates that will be notified in due course.


Alison McGrory

Health Improvement Principal

NHS Highland – Argyll & Bute Health and Social Care Partnership

Tel: 01586 865890

Mobile: 07766 160 801