You will find below some of the latest funding opportunities related to intergenerational work, which may be of interest to our members. Many of these funds may not mention intergenerational approaches or interventions specificially, yet nevertheless they may well support such initiatives if, for example, they relate to younger and older people, will lead to improvements in participants' mental/physical health, or cause reductions in social isolation.
Adult Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund - Year 3
Consider an application to this fund to support your intergenerational work.
In April 2023, Scottish Government announced a third year of funding. Projects supporting mental health and addressing social isolation & loneliness in adults will share a further £15m in 2023/24.
The Fund supports grassroots community groups in tackling social isolation, loneliness and mental health inequalities made worse by the pandemic and, more recently, the cost of living crisis. It prioritises a range of ‘at risk’ groups such as people facing socio-economic disadvantage, people with a long-term health condition or disability, older people and LGBTI communities. In year 2, the Fund focused on responding to the cost crisis and an increased emphasis on people facing socio-economic disadvantage. This will be a priority again in Year 3.
The fund is being managed by Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) in partnership with local integrated health authorities and others, including Community Planning Partnerships and local authority mental health leads.
Apply via your local TSI. All local application processes for 2023/24 funding will go live by 29 September 2023. Important - you make your application through your local TSI.
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE FUND IN YOUR AREA, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL TSI. If you're unsure, find your TSI here.
If you work in the Clackmannanshire & Stirlingshire area, Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface and Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise are running online information sessions on 12, 18 & 19 September (book here) where you can hear more about the funding and criteria, and have an opportunity ask questions. Over £400k is being made available to third sector organisations to support Mental Health and Wellbeing in Communities across Clackmannanshire & Stirlingshire.
CTSI & SVE recommend you attend before submitting an application. They also stress they cannot answer individual questions due to the anticipated volume of inquiries/applications, so ask local organisations to book onto an online session. Applications open there in week beginning 25 September and close Monday 30 October at 5pm.
Adult Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund - external evaluation
Scottish Government commissioned Blake Stevenson Ltd to undertake an evaluation of the first year of the Fund to understand the processes for delivering the Fund and its impact. The report, published July 2023, presents findings from the evaluation of Year 1, and takes account of developments taking place between Year 1 and Year 2, drawing out further learning. Worth a read as you develop your application – see the section on impact.
For a full list of other currently available funds, please visit Funding Scotland: https://funding.scot/
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If you are a grassroots organisation looking for funding support to conduct intergenerational work within your community, please email Elizabeth - email@example.com - for advice on where to look. Likewise, if you come across any funding opportunities to share here, do please email Elizabeth.