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About the Fund

On the 15th of October 2021 Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, announced a new Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund.  The Fund is part of the overall Scottish Government’s Recovery and Renewal fund and the Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan.

A fund of £15million for the current financial year, with the intention that a further fund would be available for 2022/23, will be made available across Scotland and administered through the Third Sector Interface Network in partnership with the relevant Health and Social Care Partnerships.

In Highland, we have just over £700k to support local, grassroot community activity that meets the overarching national ambitions for the funds and the local priority areas.  This year’s funding is for projects starting before March 2022 and is specifically for the Third Sector, Charities and Community Groups.

The Fund In Highland



Hightland Third Sector Interface have just over £700,000 to support local, grassroot community activity that meets the overarching national ambitions for the funds and the local priority areas. 

 

The grants are generally anticipated to be for £10,000 or less and are specifically designed for local groups and local action.

 

The grants are for time-bound activities and projects which need to begin prior to March 31, 2022.

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Building on the focus on wellbeing and prevention in the Transition and Recovery Plan, the Fund will provide significant investment into community support for adults. This investment complements the children and young people’s community wellbeing supports currently being rolled out across Scotland. It also has strong links to the Scottish Government’s commitment to ensure that every GP Practice will have access to a primary care mental health and wellbeing service by 2026, providing funding for 1,000 additional dedicated staff who can help grow community mental health resilience and direct social prescribing.

The purpose of the Fund is to support community-based initiatives that promote and develop good adult mental health and wellbeing caused by social isolation and loneliness; to mitigate and protect

against the impact of distress and mental ill health within the adult population, as well as addressing the mental health inequalities exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Grassroots community groups and organisations that have successful applications 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.