New community fund launched by NHS Tayside

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Sandy Watson, Chairman of NHS Tayside, launched a pioneering £2million fund to benefit communities across the region last week.

The Community Innovation Fund, which builds on the work of the former cash4communities fund, aims to help community groups to develop local improvement projects that will benefit the health and wellbeing of their local population. The Fund is financed through the Tayside Health Fund, the charity for NHS Tayside.

Launching the fund, Mr Watson said: “I am delighted to be launching this Fund which can really go to the heart of a community to make a difference.

“The Fund will play a vital role in supporting local people to make decisions about the changes they want to see to help them improve the health, wellbeing and resilience of their own communities.”

Community groups can apply for any amount between £500 and £35,000 on an annual basis to establish new and innovative projects.

Anyone interested in applying or finding out more information should visit the website www.communityinnovationfundtayside.scot.nhs.uk

The Fund has already supported Healthy Start Cafe in Angus and Edzell Community Health Transport.