Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund – Round 3

A grant fund aimed at supporting community-based initiatives that promote and develop good mental health and wellbeing within the adult population is open for applications.

The Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund for adults has a total of £75,000 available for projects in Orkney, with the Fund being managed on behalf of the Scottish Government by Voluntary Action Orkney in partnership with the Orkney Partnership.

The projects supported will benefit communities right across Orkney, and can offer a wide range of activities, such as fitness and gentle sports, provide equipment and enable the set-up of self-help support groups, support those with long term and life limiting illness, offer access to learning and arts activities.

The successful applications will deliver against some or all of the local priorities for the Fund, which were developed by a panel which included local statutory and third sector organisations and people with lived experience of mental ill health. The local priorities are:

  • Poverty
  • Social isolation
  • Prevention of Suicide
  • Unpaid Carers
  • Older People

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 12th January 2024.

You will find the guidance here and you can download an application form using the links below:

If you would like to discuss your project idea or what help completing the application form, contact our Community Development team on or call 01856 872897.

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