Community and voluntary organisations in Waltham Forest are being invited to apply for grants under a new scheme.

The People’s Health Trust is offering payouts of between £5,000 and £25,000 as part of its new Active Communities Funding Programme.

To be eligible to apply, groups must have an annual income of less than £200,000 and must be based in Waltham Forest, with the cash earmarked for community projects lasting up to 18 months.

Waltham Forest is one of a number of boroughs in the UK chosen for the funding due to its high levels of deprivation.

Chair of the People’s Health Trust, Professor Jennie Popay, said: “Through our new Active Communities Funding Programme, we’re looking to support projects in the most deprived neighbourhoods in Great Britain that encourage community activism.

"We’re interested in projects that are designed by local people that address issues relevant to them and benefit and improve their local community.

"We want to support local people to use their skills and knowledge to make their communities better places in which to grow, to live, to work and to age.”

The trust is funded by the HealthLives organisation via the Health Lottery.

Visit, email or call 020 7697 4021 to apply and for more information.

The closing date for applications is 9am on Thursday April 11.