The fund's new Lottery good cause programme has a three-pronged focus, which aims to improve mental wellbeing, make people more physically active, and encourage children, parents and the wider community to eat more healthily.
Chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund Stephen Dunmore said: 'This is an exciting and innovative programme that ensures those applying for funding develop a strategy that promotes mental health, physical activity and healthy eating that meets identified local needs.'
The programme aims to promote and encourage partnership working within the health sector and across other sectors to increase participation and innovation. Grants will range from£1m upwards and be made for a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years.
Changing attitudes and the stigma associated with mental health will be tackled along with developing preventative approaches to common mental health problems, including stress, depression and anxiety disorders.
The funding will improve the ability of communities to organise and run projects that provide opportunities for people to become more active and will encourage those with the most sedentary lifestyles to increase their activity levels in daily life.
By providing healthy choices to everyone the healthy eating strand will enable greater access to wholesome foods and increase knowledge of healthy foods to encourage improved eating habits.
More information and application packs are available at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk or on: 08454 10 20 30
* The£165m Well-being programme will provide funding to support the development of healthier lifestyles and to improve well-being. The programme will focus on three strands: mental health
- to help people and communities to improve mental well-being; physical activity - to help people to become more physically active in their daily lives and in their communities; and healthy eating - for children, parents and the wider community to eat more healthily.
To deliver this programme, the fund will appoint a number of organisations that will each deliver a portfolio of projects in England.
* Big Lottery Fund is the joint operating name of the New Opportunities Fund and the National Lottery Charities Board (which made grants under the name of the Community Fund). The Big Lottery Fund, launched on 1 June 2004, is distributing half of all National Lottery good cause funding across the UK.
* The Big Lottery Fund is building on the experience and best practice of the merged bodies to simplify funding in those areas where they overlap and to ensure Lottery funding provides the best possible value for money. To date, the two merged Funds' have committed more than£6bn to initiatives with national, regional and local partners from the public, voluntary, charity and private sectors, with a particular focus on disadvantage.