2020 Open Mental Health Community Grants
Somerset charities and community groups who support mental health can get a funding boost, following the launch of a new community grants fund.
The funding is being offered through the new Open Mental Health initiative, a partnership of local charities and the NHS, working together to ensure that local residents get the support the need, when they need it.
Open Mental Health offers round-the clock-mental health support to adults in Somerset and they are now looking to expand and support the provision of mental health services in Somerset by inviting local organisations to apply for a grant.
Voluntary sector organisations, such as charities, CICs, unincorporated groups or social enterprises, can apply for a grant of up to £15,000. To qualify, projects must be able to demonstrate how they will have a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of people in Somerset. Projects involving partnership and collaborative working are encouraged, alongside those that have a focus on the mental health needs of armed forces colleagues or veterans.
Katherine Nolan, CEO of Spark Somerset and Chair of Open Mental Health said:
"We're really delighted to be able to launch this new Fund. A key objective of Open Mental Health is that we want to encourage the development of community projects that will support the health and wellbeing of people living in Somerset. Lots of things can impact on our mental health - the current pandemic, depression and anxiety, worries about debt or employment, bereavement etc. - so we're keen to encourage applications from groups who are supporting community mental health in the very widest sense. Especially given the current challenges we face, its vital that we have sufficient support in our communities so that people who are struggling can get the help that they need, when they need it."
You can access support from Open Mental Health via any of the partner organisations or through the 24-hour phone line (01823 276892).
For more information about the grant or to apply, visit www.sparksomerset.org.uk/open-mental-health-grants.