Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Fund - now open

Using Investment from Year Two of the Community Mental Health Transformation Fund, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has announced the creation of a unique and innovative fund to tackle health inequalities that marginalised ethnic communities face when trying to get help from mental health services. The partnership recognises the crucial role that community-led providers play in removing the barriers to access and the disparate experience and outcomes that some communities face. Therefore, this fund has been created to work with VCSE providers to create long lasting change. 

They want to support organisations that are operated by and within communities therefore, applications are welcome from user-led community organisations who experience race inequalities from across Greater Manchester. Applying organisations need to be non-profit bodies with a formal constitution but do not need to be a registered charity. 

Funding is available for projects that provide early interventions for Severe Mental illness to stop or slow its development and also innovative activity that supports people with Severe Mental Illness to enable them to live with their conditions and to move from secondary care (mental health trusts) to primary care (GP’s). Key is showing that your work reduces inequality of access, experience, or outcome.

In all £750,000 is available in 2022/23 and will be distributed as one-off innovation grants of up to £10,000 and substantial core investments of up to £200,000 to support large scale projects and partnerships. To ensure that the partnership can engage with as many diverse groups as possible they are initially asking for short expressions of interest. Whilst this is initially a one-year fund, it is hoped that by showing its effectiveness they can continue the investment into consecutive years. 

To answer any questions please contact Stewart Lucas at stewart.lucas@nhs.net

To find out more or to access the Expression of Interest form to apply for funds, click here.

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