Inverclyde Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for Adults 2023/24

Inverclyde Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for Adults 2023/24

Apply now for community projects supporting adult mental health

CVS Inverclyde is delighted to launch the Inverclyde Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for Adults 2023/24.

 

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 providing funding of £15million over two years.  The Fund is part of the overall Scottish Government’s Recovery and Renewal Fund and the Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan.

 

 

In April 2023, The Scottish Government announced £15 million for 2023/24 of which Inverclyde was allocated £240,739 to continue the support of community-based initiatives focusing on the adult population (aged 16 and over) to;

 

  • promote and develop good mental health and wellbeing and/or
  • mitigate and protect against the impact of distress and mental ill health

 

To date the Inverclyde Communities Mental and Wellbeing Fund has distributed £580,885 in grants to third sector organisations. Find out which projects were successful in 2022-23.

 

Who Can Apply?

 

Applications will be accepted from a range of voluntary, ‘not for profit’ organisations, associations, groups and clubs or consortiums/partnerships which have a strong community focus, including un-constituted groups provided they have a bank account in their name.

 

This Fund aims to support initiatives which promote mental health and wellbeing on a small scale, grass roots, community level therefore it is anticipated that most applicants will have an annual income of less than £1m per year. However, in exceptional circumstances organisations with annual income in excess of £1m will be considered where they can demonstrate they will provide unique or new services not currently available in Inverclyde.

 

Fund Criteria

 

Eligible organisations that can deliver in Inverclyde can apply for funding for initiatives which focus on:

 

  • Tackling priority issues within the Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy such as prevention, suicide prevention and reducing social isolation and loneliness.
  • Addressing the mental health inequalities faced by the ‘at risk’ groups locally.
  • Projects which consider the on-going effects of the cost-of-living crisis.

 

While the fund can support the expansion of activities, it is intended to provide additionality, not replacement funding.

 

Grant Levels

 

The majority of grant awards are expected to be less than £10,000 and the maximum grant that can be requested is £20,000.  £80,000 is ringfenced for small organisations (defined as organisations with an annual income of less than £150,000).

 

There is no obligation to provide match funding, and applicants can apply for 100% of eligible project costs. If an organisation is providing match funding, they must clarify the amount and confirm whether this is committed at point of application.

 

Capacity Building Support

To help applicants submit strong applications the CVSi Funding team can offer a range of support.

  • A virtual information session was held on October 2nd, 2023. Presentations are available for those unable to attend the live session – view here.
  • 1:1 advice and support for organisations new to funding will be available until 23rd October. Please book directly with the Funding Team at funding@cvsinverclyde.org.uk – places will be limited and available on a first come first serve basis.
  • Application enhancement service will be available until Monday 23rd of October. Places will be limited and organisations new to funding will be prioritised.
  • Advice and support to un-constituted groups to become constituted.
  • Advice on the fund can be sought from the funding team at  funding@cvsinverclyde.org.uk.

ICMHW Fund 2023 - 24

Guidance documents and application form below

Key Information and How to Apply

Please read the documents at the bottom of this page prior to starting an application to ensure your project/organisation meets the eligibility criteria, complements the fund priorities, and that you have all information required to complete the application form:

  • Inverclyde Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing for Adults – Fund Guidelines.
  • FAQ’s
  • Grant application guidance.
  • Grant application form.

All guidance is available to bottom of this page – please download the forms in order to complete them

 

It is unlikely that there will be a second round of funding for projects in 2023/24 therefore it is recommended all organisations apply before the deadline of 10am on Monday 30 October 2023. Late applications will not be assessed.

 

Contact Details

If you require further information, please contact the Funding Team at CVS Inverclyde at funding@cvsinverclyde.org.uk, use our contact form or call 01475 711733.

 

Deadlines and Timescales – 2023/24

The following deadlines and timescales have been agreed for projects that can commence delivery before the 31st of March 2024. 

  • Fund launches Wednesday 20 September 2023
  • Funding information session: Monday 2 October, 2pm - 3pm
  • Deadline for 2023/24 projects: Monday 30 October 2023, 10am
  • Appraisal panel meeting: week of 13th November 2023
  • Grant approval/rejection notification: by Tuesday 28 November 2023