Chasing away the winter blues!

WinterFest Wellbeing Fund

WinterFest’s Wellbeing Fund was established after the 2019 event to give grants to people in Brightlingsea to help improve their mental, physical or social wellbeing. Eighty per cent of the money raised is put into the fund, with the remaining 20 per cent going to the charity Mind. The fund provides individuals or families with up to £150 to pay for items or activities to promote physical and mental health and wellbeing – such as sports activities, family days out, music lessons or art tuition. In its first year, the  fund awarded more than 20 grants to community groups, local organisations, individuals and families. Community groups can apply for grants of up to £300.

Alix Sheppard and Dave Griffiths, who organise Brightlingsea WinterFest,  were “overwhelmed” by the response to the launch of the Wellbeing Fund.

“Dave and I were delighted with the number of applications for the first round of grants from the new fund,” said Alix. “ It is very gratifying to be able to help local groups, families and individuals, who all put forward very compelling reasons why the grants will help improve their health and wellbeing.”

She added: “We are very happy that WinterFest is creating a legacy to go back into the community, helping in practical ways all the year round.”

Apply to the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund

The fund provides individuals or families with the opportunity to pay for items or activities to promote physical and mental health and wellbeing – such as family days out, sports and leisure activities, music or art tuition, workshops or related travel and equipment. It can also be used to fund items such as aids for mobility or accessibility - or for online courses to support learning and inclusion. People of all ages can apply, including volunteers and carers.

Please complete the application form fully and please note that we do not give cash grants- but require the information on how we can purchase the items/activities you would like.

Applications will be considered on a monthly basis by our Wellbeing Fund Committee (3 people) and you will be contacted by email/phone when your application has been approved

Grant applications are currently closed. Watch this space and our social media pages for information about our next round of grants.

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