Deadline Approaches for Staff Well-being Grants

Deadline Approaches for Staff Well-being Grants

Business owners with ideas for projects to improve their employees’ mental or physical health are being encouraged on to apply for funding through the Health, Work and Well-being Challenge Fund before the 31st December deadline.

Government-backed grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 are available for projects that promote health and welfare at work, including reducing stress, addressing other mental health conditions, providing healthy activities and ensuring better work-life balance. The funding cannot be used to buy machinery, to employ temporary staff to run the project, or to carry out building work.

All firms with fewer than 250 employees are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will receive the grant in full if the amount is less than £5,000 and in quarterly instalments if the amount is £5,000 or more.

Employers must be planning to carry out the project between April 2010 and March 2011. A second round of funding will take place late next year.

Firms interested in applying should complete the Expression of Interest form on the Health, Work and Well-being website’s application page, describing their idea in fewer than 500 words. Local assessment panels will decide who will receive funding in each region.

“We are working with employers to provide the necessary support to help workers remain happy and healthy in their job,”

said Department for Work and Pensions minister, Lord McKenzie.

“This fund will improve conditions in the workplace and will help to prevent workers taking time off sick.

“We are looking for innovative and exciting ideas to improve the health and welfare of employees in the workplace,” he added.

For more information about the fund and to apply online, visit the Health, Work and Well-being website.

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