Rural Community Engagement Fund: Community Mental Health Micro Grants

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Local groups and organisations across Scotland’s Rural Communities can now apply for micro-grants of up to £2,500 to support and promote mental health recovery following the pandemic in Scotland’s rural communities through community engagement and support approaches.  

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

This Grants Scheme aims to fund creative local ideas that develop as communities work together to protect and support the people most excluded during the recovery from the pandemic. 

The grants are specifically aimed at people who face additional inequalities in achieving good mental health whilst recovering from the pandemic. They are aimed particularly at people who are marginalised and experience health inequalities due to factors such as poverty and social deprivation as well as people who face multiple layers of inequality within specific marginalised groups such as 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. 

These grants will fund;

  • one-off events that meet the criteria rural Scotland;
  • community activities that bring communities together;
  • short-term immediate crisis support; 
  • activities that allow individuals and communities to address loneliness and isolation; and
  • raising awareness.

Smaller community groups who have less access to funding, or for whom a relatively small amount will make the biggest difference will be given priority.

Grants can be for existing projects where funding is particularly difficult to find. However, priority will be given to activities that are new, explore new approaches, or reach new communities or individuals who currently do not have access to that support. 

The grants can be applied for in three rounds of applications across all three areas: 

Round 1: closed on 31 March 2022 

Round 2: open from 1 April and closes on 15 July 2022 

Round 3: opens on 1 August and closes on 21 October 2022 


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

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