Shaping Places for Healthier Lives A joint grant programme with the Local Government Association for councils to work with partners from their local area to improve health and address health inequalities.


This programme is closed for applications.

  • This grant programme funds partnership projects between local governments in England and partners from their local area to take system-wide action on the wider determinants of health
  • The projects selected will demonstrate a coordinated approach to improving health and addressing health inequalities in local communities through creating conditions for better health.
  • Five proposals will be picked to receive £100,000 per year for a three-year programme
  • This programme is now closed for applications. To find out more, visit the programme page on the Local Government Association website or email

People’s health is strongly determined by the social, economic, commercial and environmental conditions in which they live, known as the ‘wider determinants’ of health. The way these determinants relate to each other can influence the health and wellbeing of the population in a particular place.

We have launched a new grant programme, in collaboration with the Local Government Association, to explore how coordinated system-wide action across the wider determinants of health can shape a place to help people to live healthier lives.

Shaping Places for Healthier Lives funds strong local partnership projects that aim to make changes to local systems that will encourage better physical and mental health, and that will be sustained beyond the lifetime of the grant programme.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, we have extended all stages of the programme as set out below. We will continue to review the situation, staying in close contact with applicants. 

The programme

This programme encourages local authorities and their partners to improve a health or health-related outcome that is considered a key issue in their area. It is being rolled out over four stages. 

Stage one: Expressions of interest

Applicants identified a health or health-related outcome that is considered a key issue in their area, and the system of interrelated determinants that drive the outcome. They also outlined what actions are required to shape the health of the local population through cross-sector working.

In January 2020, 32 council-led projects were chosen to progress to the next round of selection.

Stage two: Shortlisting

From September 2020 – after a pause due to COVID-19 – councils will be supported to map their local system and develop their proposal further.

Up to 12 submissions will be chosen to progress to the next round of selection.

Stage three: Full proposal

Councils will be offered a development grant to develop their full proposal between January 2021 and May 2021.

Five proposals will be selected to receive £100,000 per year for the three-year programme.

Stage four: Three-year programme

Participants will receive support throughout the programme for learning and evaluation, including through networking with other projects in this programme.


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