Communities Health and Wellbeing Fund – Now Open!!




CVO East Ayrshire has received funding from the Scottish Government to be distributed by us, locally. The intended outcome of this Fund is to “develop a culture of mental wellbeing and prevention within local communities and across Scotland with improved awareness of how we can all stay well and help ourselves and others”.

The overarching aim of the Fund is to support community based initiatives which promote and develop good mental health and wellbeing and/or mitigate and protect against the impact of distress and mental ill health within the adult population, with a particular focus in 2021/22 on:

  1. Tackling priority issues within the Transition and Recovery Plan such as suicide prevention, social isolation and loneliness, prevention and early intervention
  2. Addressing the mental health inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic and the needs of a range of ‘at risk’ groups locally
  3. Supporting small ‘grass roots’ community groups and organisations to deliver such activities
  4. Providing opportunities for people to connect with each other, build trusted relationships and revitalise communities
  5. Supporting recovery and creativity locally by building on what is already there, what was achieved through the pandemic, and by investing in creative solutions

Who can apply?

The ambition of this Fund is to support initiatives which promote mental health and wellbeing at a small scale, grass roots, community level. It is accessible to all groups, no matter how small or inexperienced they are. It can support both new and existing groups or projects. Your group does not have to have mental health and wellbeing as your main focus, but your application does have to clearly benefit the mental wellbeing of people in your community.

Applications will be accepted from a range of voluntary, ‘not for profit’ organisations, associations, groups and clubs or consortiums/partnerships which have a strong community focus for their activities. The range of organisations that can apply are:

  • Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIO)
  • Unincorporated Associations
  • Companies Limited by Guarantee
  • Trusts
  • Not-for-profit company or asset locked company or Community Interest Companies (CIC)
  • Cooperative and Community Benefit Societies
  • Community Councils
  • Un-constituted Community Groups

How much can your organisation apply for?

 Un-constituted groups which do not have a constitution can apply for small grants of between £500 and £2,000. If your group does not have a bank account a larger local organisation will be asked to hold the funding on their behalf.

All other groups can apply for larger grants between £2,000 and £25,000.

Important Dates

 Fund Opens Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Submission deadline Wednesday 5th January 2022

Successful applicants notified of outcome Monday 31st January 2022

Awards made by Friday 18th February 2022 (Subject to completion and return of signed Funding Agreement)

Application Packs and Information

Application Form > Mental-Health-and-Wellbeing-Application-Form

Application Guidance  > MHWF – Guidance

Request a pack by email

Hard copies can be collected from Open Doors Community Hub. 11 -15 Old Irvine Road, Kilmarnock, KA1 2BD.

If you would like any more information, please email


Register for one of our online information sessions on Tuesday 7th December 2021 between 2pm and 3pm and Tuesday 14th December 2021 between 10am and 11am. To register please click on the following link:



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