Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund

Small Grants of up to £10,000 for projects that improve mental wellbeing in the city.

Please note the fund is closed for applications.

 

  • More than 300 Glasgow projects have been awarded grants totalling £2.7m – read more >>
  • On Saturday 7th May, 2022 the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Kevin Stewart MSP, announced that the Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund has been awarded a further £15 million to support mental health and wellbeing in communities across Scotland. Read more here >>

The Glasgow Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund is the local implementation of Scottish Government’s Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund. The fund recognises the hugely important role that communities can play in bolstering the wellbeing of Glasgow’s citizens.

This grant fund has been specifically designed to offer financial support to local community projects which improve the mental health and wellbeing of local people (adults aged 16+). Grants of up to £10,000 are being made available, and there is particular interest to hear from groups who provide community connections and practical support for those who have experienced distress, disadvantage or isolation, or whose mental health has been negatively impacted as a result of the pandemic.

The Glasgow Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund first opened for applications on 17 November 2021 for applications from third sector organisations and Community Councils.

To Apply

If you are interested in applying to the fund these are the documents and links that you need:

  • Fund Guidance (PDF) Please read this carefully and ensure that the project you have in mind is suitable for this funding.
  • Application Form Guidance (PDF) Reading this before beginning your application will help you to prepare your application.
  • Online Application – you can save your application and don’t need to complete it in one go.

You can also apply to the fund in hard copy or in a Word document: Application Form.  To have a hard copy application pack sent to you, please contact 0141 332 2444, or email wellbeingfund@gcvs.org.uk

The deadline for the first and second round of applications has now closed.

 

Additional Information

 

  • Watch our Information Session from 18th November and view the Information Session Presentations (PDF)
    Click this YouTube link to watch the event recording below.
    Information Event Timeline:
    0:00 Introduction (Ian Bruce, GCVS)
    3:20 Health in a Changing City: Glasgow 2021 (Bruce Whyte & Katherine Timpson, GCPH)
    33:40 Fund Overview (Sheena Arthur, GCVS)
    43:33 Application Support (June Burgess, GCVS)
    54:43 Capacity Building Support (Sallie Condy, GCVS)
    1:02:13 Fund Q&A

Frequently Asked Questions

Key questions are answered below.  If you have a question you can’t find the answer to, then please email wellbeingfund@gcvs.org.uk.

Is there a minimum grant we can apply for?

We don’t have a minimum grant, but if your application is for less than £1,000 you may wish to consider if you could use more money to improve or extend your project. 

When is the deadline for applications?

There are two deadlines for applications, the first has now closed.  The second is midday 7th February but applicants are encouraged to apply by the 24th Janury to ensure adequate time for the team to review eligibility and raise any issues. 

How many applications can we submit?

The fund is limited to one application per organisation.

Are there restrictions on organisations that can apply for the fund?

Only voluntary (third sector) organisations and Community Councils can apply for the fund.  Public bodies and private enterprise are not eligible to apply.

Larger voluntary organisations (income over £1m) are eligible to apply but must be able to demonstrate that the fund would not meet outcomes for a  particular community if they were not funded.

Why does my project need investment in the current financial year to be eligible?

GCVS must distribute all grant funding to successful applicants before 31 March 2022. We are unable to release any funding after then. Therefore applicants must confirm that they are able to receive payment in this current financial year. Projects can begin at any time after the grant award is confirmed, but must be completed before 31 March 2024.

What is the maximum grant we can apply for?

Most organisations can apply for up to £10,000.  Unconstituted groups can apply for up to £2,000.

Depending on demand on the fund we may be able to make larger grants.  The application asks organisations if they would have an interest in applying for up to £25,000.

Additional FAQs – raised at the Information session on 18th November

In addition to our Key FAQs, the following Q&As are from the Information Session on the 18th November

  • Is the fund for revenue funding or for capital?
    We are happy to fund revenue and capital

 

  • Does community refer to geographic or to other types of community?
    All types of communities are welcome

 

  • Is there an upper limit for income?
    There is no set upper limit, but organisations with an income over £1m will need to demonstrate why their contribution is unique.

 

  • What are the exceptional circumstances for applying over £1m?
    You need to be able to demonstrate you are talking about a community that would not be supported if it weren’t by you.

 

  • Are Community Interest Companies eligible to apply?
    Yes, if they are asset locked

 

  • Can an organisation and an unconstituted group managed by the same organisation  apply for the grants at the same time?
    It is important that the unconstituted group operates reasonably autonomously.

 

  • What are Rounds 1 and Rounds 2?
    Round 1 closes on the 10 January. Round 2 closes on the 7 February.

 

  • When do funds need to be used by?
    There is no firm limit, but we would recommend March 2023.  Please note there should be another round of this funding in 2022-23.

 

  • When will funding be distributed?
    All money needs to be out of GCVS’ bank account by 31 March 2022.

 

  • Can the fund benefit children?
    The project has to be targeted at people aged over 16.  It is ok for people under 16 to take part, but projects aimed at under 16s are not eligible.

 

  • Can partnership applications submit a single application for more than £10,000?
    No, each individual organisation must apply for a maximum of £10,000

 

  • Can organisations make more than one application?
    No, an organisation is limited to one application

 

  • Is there an income cap on who can hold the money on behalf of an unconstituted group?
    No

 

  • Does the fund cover core costs?
    The fund can contribute towards core costs, but must demonstrate activities that contribute towards wellbeing outcomes

 

  • Can participants only join if they live in Glasgow City?
    No, but they must be the minority.  Projects must be in the city and targeted towards people in the city.

 

  • Does it need to be new or innovative?
    Absolutely not.  We also want to fund existing, well-valued activities in communities

 

  • Given partnership working is encouraged would it be possible to create a simple, central online meeting place where organisations could post offers to work in partnership?
    We anticipate most partnerships being very local or based in thematic areas.  Organisations should already be well connected to the community they are working with.

 

  • Are there stipulations around match funding?
    No. It’s great if you have it, but it’s not necessary.

 

  • Can you apply to fund an existing project?
    Yes, but obviously we won’t double fund an activity

 

  • While the fund won’t cover clinical approaches, would we be able to work in partnership with a group from a clinical setting?
    Yes, but it cannot fund the clinical input.

 

  • Can you apply within your project fund for monitoring/management costs?
    Yes

 

  • What does reporting look like?
    We will be keeping reporting very light touch

 

  • Can the application form questions be made downloadable so can better prep draft in word for inputting online please?  Also is word count not character count?
    The questions are available to download on our website.  It is word counts that we are working to.

 

  • Can we apply for research funding?
    We would be happy to receive applications that have a research component to them, however all applications would be expected to be using the majority of the funding to the delivery of activities that directly improve mental wellbeing.

Read about how the fund is being used

Bluevale Community

Bluevale Community Club have been using their funding to support older people in their community with activities to prevent loneliness and isolation.

Read the case study >>

Bluevale Community Club Zumba

Glasgow Film Theatre

Glasgow Film Theatre are running the Movie Memories Programme to offer film screenings for people with Dementia, and their carers, to enjoy.

Read the case study >>

GFT Movie Memories

COJAC Caring Centre

COJAC applied for funding to offer additional evening services to adults with disabilities and includes a full transport service so all can take part.

Read the case study >>

COJAC

Give a Dog a Bone

The wellbeing fund is supporting Give a Dog a Bone to offer social activities for older people, tackling isolation and improving wellbeing.

Read the case study >>

Give a Dog a Bone

The Pyramid at Anderston

As a vibrant community hub, The Pyramid is now able to provide a host of additional services aimed at improving wellbeing and connecting people.

Read the case study >>

The Pyramid at Anderston