Funding to the tune of £351,000 is now on offer to tackle health inequalities, rural isolation and give further community support across South Staffordshire. Facilitated by South Staffordshire Council and its partners, there are a number of funding pots available open to groups within the district. These are: West Midlands Interchange Project Community Fund: £65,000 pot The money, granted to South Staffordshire Council by West Midlands Interchange, will be available for eligible community projects within a three-mile radius of the business site. This funding will only be available in the following parish locations: Brewood and Coven, Penkridge, Huntington and Hatherton, Featherstone, Shareshill and Saredon. The types of projects that will be potentially eligible for grants are: Schemes to enhance public spaces and facilities in the vicinity of the WMI development. Initiatives to maximise public use of the community parks to be provided at WMI. Other community schemes and initiatives agreed by the council and the WMI developer as helping to mitigate the impacts of the WMI development. Community is the Best Medicine: £30,000 pot This funding is to respond to increased pressures and demand on community groups and initiatives. It can be used for a variety of purposes, including: To support and promote the provision of a network of warm and welcoming spaces for any in our community / communities to go to on a regular basis. Bespoke support packages offered by community groups to those most in need. Supporting those most vulnerable in our communities including those who experience rural isolation. To provide support packages that are bespoke for individual communities. Health Inequalities Fund: £236,000 pot This money has been sourced to tackle health inequalities within the district. The funding aims are to: Tackle health inequalities. Have measurable impact/outcomes. Improve the health of the local population. Examples of projects which could be eligible include initiatives to enhance public spaces; reduce social isolation; improve energy efficiency; provide cost of living support; improve community cohesion; prevent falls; offer play provision; reduce damp and mould; and promote healthy eating. This funding must be allocated by September 2024. South Staffordshire Community Wellbeing Fund: £20,000 pot This funding is to support community and wellbeing projects that meet local priorities. Maximum funding available for each project is £1,000. If your group operates within the district providing support for South Staffordshire’s communities and meets the eligibility criteria of any of the four strands, we welcome your application. To apply for funding, please click here to access the application form.