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 will be open for application in November 2019.

  • 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 in the summer of 2020 to receive £100,000 per year for a three-year programme.

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’re launching 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’ will fund 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.

Councils are encouraged to think about areas to explore with their local partners prior to full details of the programme being released.

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 will be rolled out over four stages.

Stage one: Expressions of interest

Applicants must identify 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 must also outline what actions are required to shape the health of the local population through cross-sector working.

In January 2020, up to 30 council-led projects will be chosen to progress to the next round of selection.

Stage two: Shortlisting

Councils will be supported to map their local system and develop their proposal further.

In April 2020, 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.

In the summer of 2020, 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.

How to apply

The expression of interest stage will open on 20 November 2019 when the full programme prospectus will be released. Applications must be made through the Local Government Association. Please email to be sent programme updates and the prospectus on the launch date, or visit the programme page on the Local Government Association website.

This programme will fund applications that are led by local authorities which have responsibility for public health and have strong engagement from communities and other sectors (e.g. private, voluntary, community and faith sectors).


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