Gordon MP Richard Thomson has highlighted a new funding opportunity from the Scottish Government for small community groups and organisations to help with mental health need arising from the pandemic.
The Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund will be open to applications from today (17 November), administered by Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA) as a part of the TSI Scotland Network. £631,000 will be distributed in Aberdeenshire.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“There is a huge wealth of community groups across the North-east run by dedicated and committed volunteers and many of these groups have proved vital during the pandemic, either by performing essential tasks or simply by being there for members of the community.
“This funding will hopefully allow groups to develop what they have been doing and help build more community resilience as we go forward and, hopefully, emerge from the pandemic.”
Community, voluntary, and third sector organisations in Aberdeenshire can apply for up to £50,000 to deliver initiatives that promote mental health and wellbeing. Applications are welcomed from small to medium-sized groups and organisations – with incomes ranging from under £25,000 per annum up to £1 million per annum.
More information, guidance notes, an application form and support information will be available on the AVA website at www.avashire.org.uk from Wednesday 17 November.