The Networks Involving Communities in Health Improvement (NICHI) Project is now inviting applications to its small grants scheme for innovative projects that promote health literacy within communities.  The scheme is open to community and voluntary groups that operate within the areas of the Northern area – Antrim, Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Moyle, Larne, Cookstown, Magherafelt & Coleraine.

Grants of up to £1000 are available for projects that promote health literacy within communities, with particular focus to ensure people are better informed to make healthier choices and increase the understanding of a wide range of issues contributing to poor health and wellbeing.  NICHI particularly welcomes proposals which target the top 30% most disadvantaged Super Output Areas in the PHA Northern Locality.

The fund is open for applications from Tuesday 21st June until Thursday 19th July 2016. Please contact your local Network (details below) for an application pack which will provide further information on who can apply and what can be funded.

For groups in Cookstown, Magherafelt & Coleraine, download an application pack at or contact Cookstown & Western Shores Area Network (Ann Marie McStocker) on 028 87738845 or email

For groups in Antrim, Newtownabbey & Carrickfergus, contact South Antrim Community Network (Pamela Davis) on 028 9447 8645 or email

For groups in Ballymena, Ballymoney, Larne & Moyle, contact North Antrim Community Network (Veronica McKinley) on 02821 772100 or email

The NICHI Small Grants Scheme is supported by funding from the Public Health Agency. It is separate from and in addition to the recently advertised Grants Scheme for Promoting Mental and Emotional Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention.