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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Support in Mind Scotland - Rural Community Engagement Fund


Local groups and organisations across Scotland’s Rural Communities are able to apply for micro grants to support and promote mental health recovery following the pandemic in Scotland’s rural communities through community engagement and support approaches.

The Scheme is designed to fund creative local ideas that develop as communities work together to protect and support the people most excluded as we recover from Covid.

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 ; and LGBTI+ communities.

Grants must deliver at least one 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.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Who can apply

Groups and organisations working in Scotland's rural communities (as defined by the Scottish Government). All sizes of groups/organisations are eligible to apply but they will prioritise smaller community groups who have less access to funding, or for whom a relatively small amount will make the biggest difference.

When to apply

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

  • Round 3: opened 1 August – closes 21 October 2022

All funding awarded must be spent by end March 2023, with final reports and evaluations completed by end June 2023.

Next deadline: 21 Oct 2022

How to apply

Download the application form from the Support In Mind Scotland website and return via email to the address provided.

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Activites funded: Housing & shelter Advice & information Health care & wellbeing Mental health care Respite & holidays Social care & welfare

Beneficiaries funded: Carers Economically/socially disadvantaged Socially isolated people LGBTQI people People in poverty Rural communities Mental health conditions Ill-health Refugees & asylum seekers

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