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  • Support in Mind Scotland - Rural Community Engagement Fund

    Created: 20/01/2022
    News/Events Category: Funding and Finance

    Support in Mind Scotland's Rural Community Engagement Fund allows local groups and organisations across Scotland’s Rural* Communities to apply for micro-grants of up to £2,500 to support and promote mental health recovery following the pandemic in rural communities through community engagement and support approaches. 

    *Rural as defined by the Scottish Government here.  

    The grants are specifically aimed at people who face additional inequalities in achieving good mental health whilst recovering from the pandemic and are particularly aimed at:  

    • People who are marginalised and experience health inequalities due to factors such as poverty and social deprivation.
    • People who face multiple layers of inequality within specific marginalised groups: 
      •  Refugees and Asylum Seekers. 
      • Young Carers.
      • LGBTI+ communities  

    Projects must meet one or more of the following outcomes:

    • Raise awareness of the need to look after mental health and seek help and support.
    • Avert people slipping into crisis and being at risk.
    • Provide immediate practical support and help (housing, benefits respite).
    • Provide resilience/confidence intervention
    • Address specific barriers to accessing mainstream support services including but not only language or cultural barriers. 

    More information on the types of activities that this fund can support can be found here.

    Who can apply?

    All sizes of groups/organisations are eligible to apply but Support In Mind will prioritise smaller community groups who have less access to funding, or for whom a relatively small amount will make the biggest difference. 

    Grants can be for existing projects where funding is particularly difficult to find; but we will prioritise activities that are new, or that are exploring new approaches, or are reaching new communities or individuals who currently do not have access to that support 

    Groups applying must have a set of rules and an organisational bank account to receive the funds. Grants will not be paid into individual bank accounts on behalf of an organisation or group. 

    For more information on eligibility requirements, please click here

    When to apply?

      The grants will be available to apply to for in three rounds of applications across all three areas: 

    • Round 1: open  11th January – close 31 March 2022.
    • Round 2: open 1st April – close 15 July 2022.
    • Round 3: open 1st August – close 21 October 10th January 2022 and all funding awarded must be spent by end March 2023, with final reports and evaluations completed by end June 2023.  

     How to apply?

    Visit Support in Mind Scotland's website for application guidelines and to apply.

    Bids will be welcomed from groups and organisations in conjunction with other delivery partners; but will only match fund a larger project if the specific activity that a micro-grant will fund, and the impact of the grant can be clearly identified and measured. 


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