Supporting community based initiatives that promote and develop good mental health and wellbeing
Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund
Engage Renfrewshire Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund
YEAR THREE OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
The Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for Adults (the Fund) was established in October 2021 and to date has distributed around £36 million to community initiatives supporting mental health and wellbeing across Scotland. In Renfrewshire the fund has seen over £1 million distributed to organisations, community groups and community projects.
The Fund has a strong focus on prevention and early intervention and aims to support grass roots community groups in tackling mental health inequalities and address priority issues of social isolation and loneliness, suicide prevention and tackling poverty and inequality. There will be a continued emphasis in Year 3 on responding to the cost of living crisis and on those facing socio-economic disadvantage.
The overarching aim of the Fund is to:
Support community based initiatives that promote and develop good mental health and wellbeing and/or mitigate and protect against the impact of distress and mental ill health within the adult population (aged 16 or over), with a particular focus on prevention and early intervention.
Year Three Guidance and Application Form
This document covers what and who the fund can support, has examples of projects, and an FAQ.
Our form is consciously light-touch, however we may come back to you during the panel deliberation stage for more information on any part of your application form.
If you have any questions about the application form please contact email@example.com
Year Three Timescales
- Fund Open: 29th September
- Fund Closes for applications: 24th November
- Panel deliberations: Jan/Feb 2024
- All funding distributed by March 31st 2024 at the latest
- Funding to support 2024/early 2025 activity
Year Two Update
We received 90 applications this second year, a 26% increase from year one. Applications totalled £1.7 million in requested funding, over double our allocated amount of funding for year two (£504,837.13). Our cross-sector panel met over the course of November and December to allocate funding and we are happy to announce our funded groups below.
This second year was particularly hard for our panel, with many great projects and ideas put forward for consideration. Our sincere thanks to the panel and all who applied this year.
Funds are now fully distributed and all funded activity will take place before the end of 2023. All activities will be promoted on ALISS (https://www.aliss.org/) once underway.
Year One Activity Updates
Year one funded activities are now concluded. We have created an overview report of the work seen so far, including participant and organisation feedback.
Print versions are also available, please contact us to request a copy.
Information on the recipients of the CMHWB funding:
See list of first year funded organisations and projects here
Engage Renfrewshire were given just over £1 million to distribute to the third sector across the two years and we received applications totalling £2.9 million.
- If you want to keep up to date with the work of the fund why not follow the dedicated Instagram page @renmhwb
- Scottish Government's report on the work of TSIs in distributing this fund for 2021/2022 can be found here.
Renfrewshire Community Wellbeing Network
All CMHW funded groups are invited to be a part of Renfrewshire's Community Wellbeing Network. This cross-sector network brings together third and public sector organisations looking at improving mental wellbeing outcomes in a community setting.
The network meet every two months and discuss current issues facing communities across Renfrewshire, explore potential for collaboration and co-produced work, and share learning and resources.
If you would like to find out about the next meeting please consider signing up for the dedicated monthly newsletter. Sign up here.
See the video below for a round up of our June 2023 event.