Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for Adults 2023/24
The Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund was launched by the Scottish Government in 2021 and to date has distributed around £36 million to community initiatives supporting mental health and wellbeing across Scotland. A further £15 million has been awarded for the third year of funding 2023/24.
Here, in East Renfrewshire, this fund is being distributed via Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire SCIO (VAER), in partnership with our local Integrated Joint Board (IJB), Community Planning Partnership (CPP) and community organisations through our Wellbeing Network.
The ambition of this fund is to support initiatives that promote mental health and wellbeing at a small scale, grassroots, community level. It should be accessible to all groups, no matter how small or inexperienced they are. It can support both new and existing groups or projects. These do not have to have mental health and wellbeing as their main focus, but the application does have to clearly benefit the mental wellbeing of people (aged 16 or over) in their community.
Who can apply?
The ambition of this Fund is to support initiatives which promote mental health and wellbeing at a small scale, grassroots, community level. Applications can be accepted from a wide range of voluntary, ‘not for profit’ organisations, associations, groups and clubs or collaboratives/partnerships which have a strong community focus towards their activities.
The types of organisations that can apply are:
- Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIO)
- Unincorporated Associations
- Companies Limited by Guarantee
- Not-for-profit company or asset locked company or Community Interest Companies (CIC)
- Cooperative and Community Benefit Societies
- Community councils
- Parent councils (*Subject to conditions)
The Fund will also consider funding Unconstituted groups, either by supporting them to be become constituted, or by supporting a partnership application with a constituted entity (that meets criteria above) holding a grant for the Unconstituted group.
The Fund can support both existing and new projects. Projects funded through the first 2 years of the Fund are eligible to apply again but should clearly show how they will develop and improve in Year 3 and where possible, they should demonstrate early impacts from Year 1/2.