Grants Scheme Guidance

Small Steps, Big Difference  Small Grants Scheme

Purpose of this grant scheme:

Funding is available from the Small Steps, Big Difference campaign for local community projects to:

  • Develop new and innovative projects, at the community level, aimed at improving the health and well being of local women (aged 20 – 49) by developing food and health and/or physical activity interventions/programmes in specified areas of the City (see background as below)


The funding is for developmental activities that use innovative approaches to improve health and well being in relation to food and health and physical activity. Activities must commit to tackling inequality. 

Applications must be able to:

  • Demonstrate that the programme of work is focussed on the key target group, in a specified geographical area, and is related to physical activity and/or food and health.
  • Evidence local input and the need for the work
  • Demonstrate collaborative work and partnership work between agencies – this can include voluntary sector groups working with council or health services for example running activities together or creating dialogue between service users and service providers.
  • Commit to promoting the key SSBD messages and be able to identify a ‘case study’ of local activity for use on the website.
  • If social media exists for the project, commit to adding links to the SSBD web site to its own website in order to further promote the campaign messages.  In turn, the local project’s website and information will also be added to the SSDB site to mutually promote local activities.

Main outcomes desired:

  • An increase in the awareness and knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of local women in the target age range in relation to the key Small Steps, Big Difference Campaign messages, and the benefits of physical activity and food and health
  • A greater awareness among all local agencies and the community of the key barriers that prevent women from being more active and/or taking up healthier food options.
  • Identification, promotion and, where appropriate, the development of accessible and affordable opportunities for women to be more active and/or take up healthier food choices.

The successful organisation will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to collaborative partnership working approaches, in particular with the local Council, NHS, relevant voluntary and community groups, and local businesses.

Grant allocation and timeline:

Grants of up to £4000 will be allocated to successful projects that are able to demonstrate that they meet the grant scheme criteria as above.

Projects will be chosen to reflect the geographic focus of the campaign as detailed in the campaign background as below.

Successful applicants will be provided with a Small Steps, Big Difference Campaign pack, and will be expected to utilise the campaign materials locally.  In the event that larger scale events are planned, there is also the possibility of borrowing campaign banners for local use and promotion.

The deadline for applications will be Monday July 16th, 2012

Successful applications will be notified in August, for project implementation from September 2012.  All funding and project activities must be completed by March 2013.

What grants can not be used for

  • Retrospectively funding activities
  • For work that does not meet the criteria
  • For activities or services already provided by your project or statutory services e.g.  local authority or health service
  • For core expenses (except start-up costs for projects which will be sustainable) e.g. existing staff, rent, building alterations, refreshments
  • For office equipment e.g. fax computer photocopier
  • If you have already received funding for an identical piece of work

Condition of Grant

Additional Information you should be aware of

  • Any unspent money will need to be returned
  • The grant must be used for the purpose described
  • On completion of the work a full and comprehensive report must be returned detailing the results of the piece of work the grant was funded for.


It is a condition of receiving a grant that an evaluation report be submitted on completion of the project. Since evaluation is most effective if it is planned into a project from the start, you should consider how you will evaluate the work and include this information in your application. Remember to involve participants or local people or the relevant community of interest in this.

Application Process

In order to apply for a grant please complete the attached Application Form and return the form to the address below as soon as possible, or at the latest, by: Monday July 16th, 2012

Return applications to:

Daniel Chandler
NHS Lothian
2nd Floor
Waverly Gate

Campaign background

What is Small Steps Big Difference?

‘Small Steps Big Difference’ is a healthy living campaign focusing on diet and physical activity for women aged 20-49 years in the following areas of Edinburgh:

South West (Wester Hailes/Sighthill/Broomhouse/Saughton/Stenhouse/Gorgie/Dalry)
South East (Gilmerton/Moredun/Burdiehouse/Craigmillar)
North West (Leith)
North East (Pilton/Muirhouse/Granton)

The campaign is jointly run by NHS Lothian and City of Edinburgh Council. It includes posters featuring 9 local Edinburgh women, a radio campaign, a website, and City wide bus advertising.  More information can be found here:

The key messages of the campaign to date are:

  • You can be active without going to the gym
    • People who are regularly active are usually a healthier weight, are protected from serious diseases and feel happier.
    • Walking is a good form of physical activity that most people can do regularly
  • You can be healthy without going on a diet
    • People who eat breakfast usually have more energy, snack less and are a healthier weight. If you don’t have time for breakfast, eat some fruit on the go
    • People who eat less salt usually have lower blood pressure. You can replace salt and use herbs and spices to make your food taste better.

Why does this matter?

Physical activity is the ‘best buy in public health’, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, some cancers, and depression. Physically active adults have a 20-30% reduced risk of premature death.

There is low awareness of the recommended physical activity level for health – which for adults is 30 minutes of moderate activity equivalent to brisk walking at least 5 days per week. This can be built up in sessions of at least 10 minutes of activity. Fewer than 40% of adults achieve this level. The campaign aims to improve this by showing how walking can be built into a daily routine.

Eating a balanced, healthy diet can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and some cancers. Most people know the ‘5 fruit and veg a day’ message and that they should eat less fat, sugar and salt. But they are less sure how to put this into practice. The campaign shows small dietary changes that can make a big difference to health.

Last Reviewed: 21/06/2012