Rural Community Engagement Fund

Support in Mind Scotland has been funded by the Scottish Government to work with them to improve the mental wellbeing of people in rural communities as we all recover from the pandemic. This fund is part of a larger community engagement project, working directly with people in local communities to raise awareness, identify need and work collectively to develop creative local solutions to address local needs. This Grants Scheme is designed to fund creative local ideas that develop as communities work together to protect and support the people most excluded as we recover from Covid. 


Local groups and organisations across Scotland’s Rural* Communities are now able to 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.  The grants are specifically aimed at people who face additional inequalities in achieving good mental health whilst recovering from the pandemic and are particularly aimed at:  

·        People who are marginalised and experience health inequalities due to factors such as poverty and social deprivation  

·        People who face multiple layers of inequality within specific marginalised groups: 

o   Refugees and Asylum Seekers  

o   Young Carers  

o   LGBTI+ communities

Round 1: open  11th January – close 31 March 2022 

Round 2: open 1st April – close 15 July 2022 

Round 3: open 1st August – close 21 October 10th January 2022 and all funding awarded must be spent by end March 2023, with final reports and evaluations completed by end June 2023.  To find out more go to>

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