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Community Innovation Fund Information Sessions

A series of information and advice sessions are being held across Dundee this month for interested applicants and members of the public to find out more about NHS Tayside’s Community Innovation Fund.

The Community Innovation 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 Tayside Health Fund and community groups can apply for any amount between £500 and £25,000 over a three year period to establish new and innovative projects.

Richard McIntosh, Community Capacity Building Officer with NHS Tayside and first point of contact for enquiries about the Fund said, “The Community Innovation Fund hopes to support new, innovative projects which will work in partnership with communities in disadvantaged areas, promoting quality of life, overall health and wellbeing and creating a stronger sense of community and social relationships.

“We are holding these drop-in sessions so that anyone with an idea that would help their local community can come along and have a chat and find out more about how we can help as we recognise that often people just need a little support and funding to get started. For those who would prefer to speak on a one-to-one basis, we can arrange separate appointments.

“The Community Innovation Fund can provide support to projects that are at the heart of communities, helping to make a difference, 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.

“Projects which been supported by the Community Innovation Fund are hosting the drop-in sessions and I  would encourage anyone with an innovative idea or potential project that aims to improve their local community to come along to one of our sessions in Dundee.” 

There are plans for sessions in Angus and Perth and information and dates will be shared in the coming weeks.

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

A series of information sessions are being held throughout Dundee on the following dates:

  • Monday, 10 September from 12 - 2pm, Leaf Room, Ninewells Community Garden, Arboretum, Ninewells Hospital
  • Wednesday, 12 September from 12 - 2pm, Addaction, The Crescent, Whitfield
  • Friday, 14 September from 12 - 2pm, Fairfield Community Hub, Dundee
  • Monday, 17 September from 12 - 2pm, Cair Scotland, 12 Rattray Street, Dundee
  • Wednesday, 19 September from 12 - 2pm, Lochee Community Hub