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Welcome to Moray Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund - Year 3

 

The Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund was originally announced by Kevin Stewart, Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care in October 2021 in response to the mental health need arising from the pandemic. Building on the success of years 1 and 2, and the focus on wellbeing and prevention in the Transition and Recovery Plan, a further £15 Million for Year 3 of the Fund was announced in April 2023. The Fund provides significant investment into community support for adults.

 

The Fund is being delivered through a locally focused and co-ordinated approach via local partnership groups with TSI’s (Third Sector Interfaces) as lead partner.

 

In Year 1 of the fund, tsiMORAY distributed £257,000 to 40 groups/organisations across Moray. In Year 2, £259,460 was awarded to 33 groups and organisations. tsiMORAY is delighted to manage the distribution of the fund once again in Year 3, with a total sum of £256,030 available to distribute to support local grassroot community activity in meeting the aims of the Fund.  

 

KEY DATES

Friday 29 September 2023 - APPLICATIONS OPEN

Monday 8 January 2024 (10am) - APPLICATIONS CLOSE

We will be holding two Information Sessions which you can register to attend:

 

Tuesday 10 October 6pm – 7pm – Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund Briefing - Evening Session

 

Thursday 12 October 10am – 11am – Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund Briefing - Morning Session

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

Full guidance can be downloaded HERE - key information can be viewed below. Please read the guidance carefully before submitting your application.  

 

The Application Form can be downloaded here: PDF | WORD. Please also make sure to include your Project Budget Sheet with your application. Download this here.

 

For further support or guidance, please email funding@tsimoray.org.uk.
 

Introduction

This guidance is intended to support groups and organisations interested in applying for grant funding from the Scottish Government’s Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund. The Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund was originally announced by Kevin Stewart, Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care in October 2021 in response to the mental health need arising from the pandemic. The Fund provides significant investment into community support for adults. The Fund is being delivered through a locally focused and co-ordinated approach via local partnership groups with TSI’s as lead partner. The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Monday 8 January 2023 The application form is available at the bottom of this page.

Aims of the Fund

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. Specifically, it aims to: 1.Tackle mental health inequalities through supporting a range of ‘at risk’ groups (as outlined further on in the guidance). 2.Address priority issues of social isolation and loneliness, suicide prevention and poverty and inequality with a particular emphasis on responding to the cost-of-living crisis and support to those facing socio-economic disadvantage. 3.Support small ‘grass roots’ community groups and organisations to deliver such activities. 4.Provide opportunities for people to connect with each other, build trusted relationships and revitalise communities.

Who can apply

The ambition of this Fund is to support initiatives which promote mental health and wellbeing at a small scale, grass roots, community level therefore it will be accessible to all groups, regardless of how experienced they may (or may not) be. Applications are invited from organisations with a turnover of up to £1M per annum (applications may be considered from those with a higher turnover in exceptional circumstances where there is a clearly identified gap in local need that can be met). It is expected that most applications will come from local grassroot organisations or in some instances, from larger organisations delivering activities within a localised area with the clear support of the community, or to a distinct community within a localised area. Applications will only be accepted from a range of voluntary, ‘not for profit’ organisations, associations, groups and clubs or consortiums/partnerships which have a strong community focus for their activities. The range of organisations eligible to apply are Charities (including SCIOs, Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations), Unincorporated Associations, Companies Limited by Guarantee, Trusts, CICs (Community Interest Companies) which do not distribute profits to shareholders, Cooperative and Community Benefit Societies, Community Councils and Parent Councils. Please note that Parent Councils can apply subject to the following conditions: •the funded activities must meet the aims of the Fund and specifically must focus on supporting young people aged 16 or over or supporting adults rather than their children •they must have a statutory duty to keep proper accounts e.g., some may be registered with OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator). We actively encourage collaborative and partnership approaches, providing all groups/organisations within the partnership fall into the categories above. One organisation must take on the role of lead applicant. All organisations applying should have a bank account and be able to provide evidence of the ability to competently deliver their plans and account for the spend provided through a grant. If you are an unconstituted group who does not have a bank account, please contact Funding@tsimoray.org.uk and we will be able to advise/assist in relation to this. We will not accept multiple applications from one organisation, only one application per organisation/group.

What can the money be used for?

The focus of the Fund is on prevention* and early intervention and we would expect all funded projects to focus on either or both. The focus of the Fund is also on supporting the adult population, that is people aged 16 and over. Projects can be funded if they are a community-based initiative that promotes and develops good mental health and wellbeing and/or mitigates and protects against the impact of distress and mental ill health within the adult population. The Fund can support both existing and new projects. Projects funded through the first 2 years of the Fund are eligible to apply again but should clearly show how they will develop and improve in Year 3 and where possible they should demonstrate early impacts from Year 1/2. Projects must also have a specific community focus rather than providing regional or national coverage. Therefore, applications can only be funded for projects based within the Moray local authority area. Through the assessment process tsiMORAY and a decision-making panel will ensure that funding is allocated to projects which have a focus on delivering against the aims and priorities of the Fund as described above. While the Fund can support the expansion of existing activities, it is intended to provide additionality, not replacement funding.

How much can be applied for?

Applications of up to £12,500 may be made by formally constituted third sector organisations. There is no minimum grant size. The funding limit of £12,500 recognises the increased cost of living whilst ensuring that as many organisations as possible can benefit and have a positive impact in their local communities. The Fund will also be open to small value grant applications of up to £2,000 from unconstituted groups. This is to enable smaller-type groups to also benefit from the Fund and deliver their projects/services within their local community (or neighbourhood).

How to apply

If you are interested in applying to the fund, then you need to: •Read the Guidance carefully and ensure that the project you have in mind is eligible for this funding. •Complete the online application. We encourage you to save the document after completing the first page and then work on the saved document when you receive the link through by email. •Where necessary, applications to the fund may be made by hard copy, by request to funding@tsimoray.org.uk Along with their application, applicants will be required to submit: •a copy of your governing document. You might know this as your constitution, your Trust Deed, or your Memorandum of Articles of Association (Not required for Unconstituted Groups) •a copy of your most recent annual accounts (Not required for Unconstituted Groups) •a completed PROJECT BUDGET SHEET All can be downloaded from our website. Closing date for applications is 10am on Monday 8th January.

How and when will decisions be made?

•A decision-making panel, made up of 4 members from the third sector and 3 members from the public sector, will meet on set dates in January to agree which applications are successful •Award letters and feedback to all applicants will be issued week commencing 5th February 2024 •Following return of a completed Grant Acceptance letter and associated documents tsiMORAY will endeavour to pay the monies to applicants within 14 days of receipt. (It is expected that all projects will commence on receipt of funding.) •Evaluation and understanding the difference made is a key part of this funding process therefore reporting requirements will be explained in award letters •Successful applicants must spend grant monies within 18 months of receiving their monies. The Scottish Government expects projects to last 12months.

Support and further information

The funding is intended to benefit the people and communities of Moray. The assumption is that most applications will come from established constituted community groups and organisations, including social enterprises, set up on a non-profit-distributing basis. We welcome applications from unconstituted groups. If you do not have access to a bank account, please contact us before applying and we will be able to advise/assist with this.

All applicants are welcome to contact us by email to funding@tsimoray.org.uk to discuss their project before applying.

 

Applications should be completed and submitted online by the closing date of 10.00am on Monday 8 January 2024.

 

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