The Innovation Fund was established in 2017. Starting as an idea from a volunteer Community Ambassador in North East Hampshire and Farnham, the Innovation Fund, and supporting conference aims to give communities the opportunity, support, courage and seed funding to suggest and progress innovative projects that could have a big impact on the health and wellbeing of local people.
Over 45 projects have now been supported and the impact on local communities has been clear to see. By providing opportunities for our community to find the solutions to local health and care issues, we are able to develop models from the ground up alongside local people, supporting gaps in health inequalities in a different and more impactful way.
The Innovation Fund has always aimed to create a safe space for individuals, local community groups or established charities to bring new ideas or ideas that can take an existing project to the next level and benefit from the input, knowledge and connections of local people and organisations in developing and shaping the project further. Alongside this fantastic networking opportunity, this year thrilled to have opened up the process to a much wider audience.
At the beginning of 2021 funding was made available to people and communities across North East Hampshire and Farnham and Surrey Heath. You can use the link below to find out more about the successful projects that received funding and how you can contact them.
Currently the Innovation Fund is CLOSED having just supported applications from people and communities working with children, young people and families across Slough, Bracknell Forest and The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Details of successful projects are available here:
- Find out more about successfully funded projects in Bracknell Forest, The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Slough
Some examples of previous projects can be seen in the short films below that offer an insight into the difference the funding can make.