Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund in the UK
Applications are now open for the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund to provide grants to small, grassroots community groups and organisations.
This funding comes in response to the mental health need arising from the pandemic and the intended outcome of The Fund is to develop a culture of mental wellbeing and prevention within local communities and across Scotland with improved awareness of how we can all stay well and help themselves and others.
The overarching aim of The Fund is to support community-based initiatives that promote and develop good mental health and wellbeing, and/or mitigate and protect against the impact of distress and mental ill health within the adult population, with a particular focus in 2021/22 on:
Tackling priority issues within the Transition and Recovery Plan such as suicide prevention, social isolation and loneliness, prevention, and early intervention.
Addressing the mental health inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic and the needs of a range of ‘at risk’ groups locally.
Supporting small ‘grass roots’ community groups and organisations to deliver such activities.
Providing opportunities for people to connect with each other, build trusted relationships and revitalise communities.
Supporting recovery and creativity locally by building on what is already there, what was achieved through the pandemic, and by investing in creative solutions.
Funding Level 1 (inc. unconstituted groups)
Funds Available: £0 to £2000
Maximum Income of the Group/Organisation: Up to £250,000 in the most recent financial year
Funding Level 2 (constituted groups only)
Funds Available: £2000.01 to £10,000
Maximum Income of the Group/Organisation: Up to £500,000 in the most recent financial year
Funding Level 3 (constituted groups only)
Funds Available: £10,000.01 to £50,000
Maximum Income of the Group/Organisation: Up to £1m in the most recent financial year
The intended outcome of the Fund is to develop a culture of good mental wellbeing and prevention of poor mental health within local communities and across Scotland, with improved awareness of how they can all stay well whilst helping themselves and others. The Fund seeks to contribute to the four key areas of focus from the Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan:
Promoting and supporting the conditions for good mental health and wellbeing at population level.
Providing accessible signposting to help, advice and support.
Providing a rapid and easily accessible response to those in distress.
Ensuring safe, effective treatment and care of people living with mental illness.
The Fund also seeks to contribute to the following national outcomes from the National Performance Framework:
They are healthy and active.
They will live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe.
They tackle poverty by sharing opportunities, wealth and power more equally.
In line with the Scottish Government’s long-term outcomes for mental health in communities, The Fund intends to provide stable investment for:
Fostering a strategic and preventative approach to improving community mental health.
Supporting the resilience of communities and investing in their capacity to develop their own solutions, including through strong local partnerships.
Tackling the social determinants of mental health by targeting resources and collaborating with other initiatives to tackle poverty and inequality.
Applications can be accepted from a range of community & voluntary, ‘not for profit’ organisations, associations, groups and clubs or consortiums/partnerships who have a strong community focus for their activities. The range of organisations that can apply are:
Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIO)
Companies Limited by Guarantee
Not-for-profit company or asset locked company or Community Interest Companies (CIC)
Cooperative and Community Benefit Societies
Unconstituted groups will have the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £2,000, and where a group does not have access to a bank account for their organisation, constituted groups and organisations will be able to hold a grant for them (providing a letter of agreement is provided with their application). This is to enable smaller, ‘heart of the community’ type groups to benefit from The Fund and deliver their services/projects within their neighbourhoods.
For more information, visit https://www.avashire.org.uk/cmhwfund