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Fund Offers Support for Mental Health

Support in Mind Scotland are offering micro grants up to £2,500 to improve the mental wellbeing of people in Highland Perthshire and other rural communities as we all recover from the pandemic.

The fund is part of a larger community engagement project, working directly with people in local communities to raise awareness, identify need and work collectively to develop creative local solutions to address local needs. 

The Grants 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. 

Support in Mind Scotland CEO Nick award said:

“Covid has had a negative effect on communities across Scotland.  Support in Mind Scotland believe that mental wellbeing of people in rural communities is a priority to be addressed as we recover from the pandemic. 

Solutions must be locally developed and Support in Mind Scotland are delighted to administer the rural community engagement project, supported by Scottish Government, working directly with people in local communities to raise awareness, identify need and work collectively to develop creative solutions to address those local needs.”  

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   

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.  


  • 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. 


  • One-off events that meet the criteria in rural Scotland
  • Community activities that bring communities together 
  • Providing short-term immediate crisis support  
  • Activities that allow individuals and communities to address loneliness and isolation 
  • Awareness raising 

This list is for illustration only and there may be other ideas that your group want to develop. 


  • Work that is long-term, meeting chronic long-term support needs 
  • Grants for individuals 
  • Core costs not related directly to the activity 
  • Items of equipment not directly related to the activity 

For more information and to download the micro grants application for please click here.

Any enquires and applications, can be submitted to Rosita Novak at rnovak@supportinmindscotland.org.uk

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