Healthier, Happier, Stronger Fund

The Healthier, Happier, Stronger Fund is open for applications.

This fund has been launched to support voluntary, community and charity organisations and groups to organise projects and activities in the Scottish Borders that provide nutritional, social, physical, emotional wellbeing, and/or mental wellbeing support to adults.

It has been funded by the Scottish Government to support the improvement of capacity within social care.

A co-produced approach is being used for the allocation of the funding, working in partnership with organisations such as Borders Community Action, Scottish Borders Social Enterprise Chamber and local communities, to ensure funding is allocated equitably within the Scottish Borders.

A one-off fund has been made available in each locality. Organisations in Berwickshire, Cheviot, Eildon, Teviot & Liddesdale and Tweeddale can apply for up to £5,000 towards the cost of creating or running an activity or project that meets an identified need, namely that it provides nutritional, social, physical, emotional wellbeing, and/or mental wellbeing support to adults.

Grant awards can be used for a variety of purposes, such as:

  • advertising costs
  • developing transport arrangements
  • equipment for activities
  • hiring a venue
  • light refreshments and / or meals
  • staff / volunteer costs
  • subsidised places for hard-to-reach parts of the community.

The above list is not exhaustive, and most resource applications will be considered as long as the proposal achieves the outcomes as set out in the guidance.

How to apply

To apply to the Healthier, Happier, Stronger Fund, please download the application form and guidance notes available below.

Please make sure you read the guidance notes for information on eligibility. You will need to have all the supporting documents detailed in the notes available and ready to submit.

You should submit all the relevant supporting documents with your application – we will not be able to consider your proposal until we have received these.

If you need help to complete the application form, contact Borders Community Action.

Download the application form and guidance notes

More information

The Healthier, Happier, Stronger Fund will be operated in line with the principles of best practice and our Code of Practice for following the Public Pound.

The fund is to be dispersed in the financial year 2023/24 and there will be a regular rolling programme of decision panels. Please ensure all applications and supporting documents are sent in as soon as possible for your application to be considered.