Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund Now Open

The Scottish Government’s Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund has been established with £15 million allocated to support mental health and wellbeing in communities across Scotland. The fund will be distributed by Third Sector Interfaces (TSI) in communities across Scotland. The fund aims to support adult community-based initiatives to help address the impact of distress and mental ill health caused by social isolation and loneliness, as well as addressing the mental health inequalities exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The fund aims to take a preventative approach and allow communities to develop their own solutions, including developing stronger partnerships.

In addition, SVE and CTSI will also be allocating the Ideas, Innovation & Improvement(III) Fund. This fund is to support the development of third sector projects that are a ‘test of change’ which build capacity in communities in order to encourage health and wellbeing in Stirling and Clackmannanshire.

Locally, the fund will be distributed by Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) and Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface (CTSI) in conjunction with the local Integration Joint Board (IJB) and other key representatives from the respective councils and community as part of a steering group.  

The fund is now open for applications and will close for applications at 5pm on 22 November, we aim to have the funding distributed by the end November. This fund is for new and existing projects, Organisations working in Stirling and Clackmannanshire can apply for small grants between £2000 - £5000 or medium grants between £5000 - £10000. 

Grass roots community groups and third sector organisations will be able to benefit from the funds to deliver activities and programmes to people to re-connect and revitalise communities building on examples of good practice which have emerged throughout the pandemic. Based on local needs in the Clackmannanshire and Stirling area we are particularly interested in projects addressing the following needs; 

  • recovery from addiction
  • social isolation and loneliness
  • suicide prevention
  • dementia community supports
  • access to physical activity, diet and nutrition.

For full guidance and application form please click here. 

If you have any questions you can contact:

Stirling Organisations – liz@sventerprise.org.uk 01786 430000

 

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