The grant fund is a small pot of money that helps people to run health improvement projects. Last year we carried out a review, with the help of the Social Value Lab, to see what difference the grant fund makes in Argyll and Bute. People told us they really valued the grant fund and that it makes a big difference in our communities, for example, the Fund has achieved a great number of outcomes. In total 33 different were identified, including:
· Transfer of skills and knowledge.
· Activities for young people and elderly people.
· Increase in confidence of the beneficiaries.
· Reduced isolation / increased social interaction.
· Increased the fitness of the participants.
· Improved mental health.
Other key points from the study include:
- The majority of the grant fund (81%) went to third sector organisations, including a significant number of grassroots voluntary organisations.
- The fund had a positive effect on the sustainability of the groups: it increased capacity to deliver services and activities in the future; improved their reputation; allowed them to recruit and develop volunteers; provided facilities and equipment needed to establish services and activities; and opened up access to additional grant funding.
- The fund was very well received by its stakeholders with various aspects of the fund and the application process rated an average of 8 out of 10.
- The fund plays a pivotal role in addressing health inequalities, access to local services and reducing rural isolation.
- The fund is seen to deliver essential resources for grassroots organisations, for many of whom it is the only realistic source of funding.
- The public meetings to decide grant allocations add value to the fund.
- The role of the Network Coordinators has been valuable and well appreciated.
- The fund helps build capacity of the local voluntary sector.
- The fund is pivotal to the success of the Local Health and Wellbeing Networks.
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