New Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund launched
A new Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund has been established with £15 million allocated to support mental health and well-being in communities across Scotland. Please note that this is not the same as the funding we've been promoting for Community Health and Wellbeing for children and young people - this is additional.
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.
Grass roots community groups and 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.
Mental Wellbeing Minister Kevin Stewart launched the fund at Saheliya in Edinburgh, a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black and minority ethnic women and girls. Mr Stewart said:
“This funding reflects the importance we place on promoting good mental health and early intervention for those in distress and will help develop a culture of mental wellbeing and prevention within local communities. It is vital now, more than ever as we start to re-open society that we support the mental health and wellbeing of individuals. I am very keen that this benefits communities across all of Scotland.
“I was pleased to be able to visit Saheliya this morning and meet some of the people involved with running and the project, and some of the people they help.”
A range of charity-support bodies and social enterprises, known as third sector interfaces (TSIs), will manage the fund in partnership with local integrated health authorities and other partners including Community Planning Partnerships and local authority mental health leads. Fife Voluntary Action is the TSI for the Fife Council area.
The Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund is part of the wider £120 million Recovery and Renewal Fund announced in February 2021 to ensure delivery of the commitments set out in the Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan in response to the mental health need arising from the pandemic.
How to apply:
FVA is awaiting terms and conditions from the Scottish Government before we can release further details. Once we have them, we'll publish them immediately because we do know that timescales are tight. We will have around £1m to allocate in Fife, for a wide range of projects, but the money is intended for the current financial year (ending March 2022). We hope that further funding will be available in the following financial year, but this has yet to be confirmed.
Details on how to apply, the criteria, timescales and so on will be published on our website as soon as we have received them. Please keep an eye out for our bulletins or check this website regularly.