Organisations in the UK are now invited to apply for funding to promote or provide access to drinking water in public spaces where children and young people gather to learn, play or congregate.
In August 2015, Jamie Oliver - in collaboration with Sustain - established the Children's Health Fund. The aim of the Fund is to encourage restaurants to put a 10 pence levy on non-alcoholic soft drinks with added sugar. Money raised from this levy will be paid into the Children’s Health Fund to support programmes and schemes designed to improve children’s health and food education.
The first grants from this new fund are now available for organisations to establish projects which promote or provide children and young people with access to drinking water. The following organisations are eligible to apply:
- UK registered charities that operate within the UK.
- Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs).
- Housing associations and corporations.
- Community Groups.
- Local Authorities.
Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available for projects which will be completed within one year of receiving the money.
Applications will be judged based on:
- The financial viability of the organisation.
- The degree of need for the project requiring funding.
- Whether the organisation has appropriate priorities and plans in place to manage its activities.
The deadline for applications is 1 April 2016.