£15 million pounds worth of funding for Year 2 of the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund has been announced by The Scottish Government.
The announcement came at the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week (09 - 15 May) with Kevin Stewart (The Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care) stating: “The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is loneliness, and we know the pandemic has brought this issue into much greater focus."
"The Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund has supported many projects that help to make people feel less isolated."
“The fund was set up to build and develop capacity within community organisations and grassroots groups so they can support people’s mental health and wellbeing. I am pleased that so many projects benefitted in the first year."
“This investment reflects the importance we place on promoting good mental health and early intervention for those facing mental health challenges - ensuring that people can access a range of different types of support to match their needs."
In Fife, the Fund is delivered under the title - Fife Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund - administered by us at Fife Voluntary Action. In Year 1 (21/22), we distributed £1.36m to 119 local organisations to deliver projects that focus on improving the mental health and wellbeing of adults. We plan to have £1.02m for Year 2.
We don't have additional details from The Scottish Government on Year 2 at the moment but we do expect to hear in the coming weeks. We'll update our www.fva.org/mhgrant webpage when we have this detail.