– Mental Wellbeing Small Grants Funding

Up to £5,000 to improve mental health and wellbeing for Island residents

Isle of Wight Public Health in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council (IWC) Mental Health Champion are launching a Mental Wellbeing Small Grants Fund to support voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations (who have a constitution) to deliver innovative local projects to support mental wellbeing on the Island. These projects will be embedded in communities and will be responsive to local needs as expressed by service users, people with lived experience and under-represented groups.

COVID-19 has shone a necessary spotlight on mental health and wellbeing across the Island. During the pandemic, evidence has shown that the policies to prevent the spread of the virus, such as restricting the interaction and movement of residents, have had a major impact on mental health and wellbeing. This has affected people in different ways, with some communities and people with specific characteristics at greater risk of worsening mental health than others.

This Grant will focus specifically on reducing inequalities in mental health and wellbeing through focus on under-represented and at-risk groups (e.g. unpaid carers, veterans, older people, those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19); acknowledging the link between physical and mental wellbeing.

To apply for funding, please download and follow the instructions on the document below. Application close midday on Thursday 10 February 2022.

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