Wyre Forest Making It Happen Innovation Fund

Applications are currently closed.

Wyre Forest District Council invites applications from voluntary and community sector / not-for-profit sector organisations for funding through the Wyre Forest Making It Happen Innovation Fund. Grants of up to £10k are available for new projects or activities which contribute towards meeting local health priorities. Please see the application form and guidance notes for further information. 


Wyre Forest District Council invites applications from voluntary and community sector / not-for-profit sector organisations for funding through the Wyre Forest Making It Happen Innovation Fund. A total of £50k is available and organisations may bid for any amount up to a maximum of £10k. Funding is available for new projects/ services which contribute towards meeting local health priorities.

How much money is available?

A total of £50k is available and organisations may bid for any amount up to a maximum of £10k. This is non-recurrent funding specifically for use in working to improve health and wellbeing priorities for the local population, whilst demonstrating value for money. 

Who can bid?

Voluntary and community sector/ not-for-profit organisations operating in the Wyre Forest district can bid into this fund. Eligible organisations must have a formal constitution and have been in existence for at least 12 months.

What is the process for bidding?

Bid must be submitted through the accompanying funding application form. The deadline for applications is Friday 18 October 2019. After this date, applications will be evaluated and additional information sought if required. Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been successful by 15 November 2019.

How will bids be evaluated?

Bids received will be assessed by the funding evaluation group, which includes representatives from Wyre Forest District Council, Worcestershire County Council (Public Health) and Wyre Forest CCG. Bids will be assessed against a set of evaluation criteria to check that they offer value for money, and help meet local health priorities. Projects should aim to be innovative, deliverable and provide added value. Bidding is a competitive process and a scoring system will be used in evaluation.

What can and can’t be funded?

Funding may be sought for both capital and revenue costs. Bids should be for new projects/activities, rather than for those already in existence. There should be a clear rationale behind the bid. The project should seek to respond to an identified need with clear links to local health priorities. 

What are the local health priorities to be addressed through the fund?

Bids should seek to address one or more of the priorities of the Wyre Forest Health and Wellbeing Plan and/or the Wyre Forest Alliance Board:

Wyre Forest Health and Wellbeing Plan Priorities:

Good mental health and wellbeing throughout life (includes tackling social isolation, loneliness, dementia and children and young people’s mental health).



Being active at every age



Reducing harm from alcohol at all ages



Raising breast feeding rates



Reducing smoking in pregnancy


Wyre Forest Alliance Board Priorities:

Prevention and Self- Management



Improved Access to Care



Integrated Primary and Community Teams



Integrated Specialist Support


For more information on Wyre Forest Alliance Board's priorities visit their website.

For more information see Wyre Forest District Council's Health and Wellbeing pages.

Additional infomation can also be found by visiting Worcestershire County Council's Public Health and Health and Wellbeing page.

Data and information on the health and well-being of particular localities and healthcare registered populations within Worcestershire is available on Worcestershire County Council Joint Strategic Needs Assessment: Local Health Needs pages.

Making It Happen Innovation Funding was previously available between 2014-2017. The below are examples of projects that were funded.

Project: Wyre Forest Parkrun

Parkruns are a series of free, weekly, 5km timed runs taking place around the world, including at 400 + locations in the UK. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. £2k Making It Happen Innovation Funding was awarded to the Wyre Forest Sports Development team to establish a Parkrun in Wyre Forest. The first event took place in August 2015, with weekly runs taking place at the Wyre Forest Visitor Centre every Saturday morning ever since. The 200th Wyre Forest Parkrun took place in July 2019 and an average of 184 runners has taken part each week. Parkrun is open to all abilities and participants can take as long as they need to complete the course. Each event relies on volunteers, with around 20 people helping to set up and marshal the course each week.

Project: Let’s Eat the Park

The Friends of St George’s Park group in Kidderminster was awarded £3k towards the set up and running costs for the Let’s Eat The Park (LEAP) project. LEAP is part of a bigger project to develop community activity in the Horsefair area of Kidderminster, classed as one of the top 10% most deprived areas in the country.

LEAP is a community horticulture project, aiming to improve local food production and provide positive health outcomes. LEAP provides opportunities for outdoor activity, growing and consuming healthy food in order to improve circulatory health. It is also a non– stigmatising opportunity for people to get involved in a local community activity, with mental health benefits through companionship, social inclusion and enhanced self worth for those involved.

Prior to the project, there were no edibles being grown in St George’s Park. Through LEAP raised beds and an allotment area  were put in to enable a variety of edibles to be grown, harvested and used by the local community. A variety of different crops were produced, which were very popular with local people. Local volunteers, of various ages, faiths and backgrounds worked on the project, in partnership with the district council’s Parks department. Children and staff from the local primary school planted fruit trees and bushes. There are now more than 30 fruit trees yielding wide variety of fruits, including apples, pears, plums, damsons, cherries and more. 

The project is about more than growing fresh food to share. It has created a focal point for people to become involved in making improvements to their physical environment and has helped in addressing loneliness and social isolation



 For more information contact Jennifer Moreton by email or on 01562 742569