Kent and Medway Better Mental Health and Wellbeing Community Fund

We are looking to fund projects which either address the needs of the high risk groups identified in our 2021 to 2025 Kent and Medway Suicide Prevention Strategies or address the themes identified by the recent Kent and Medway Listens engagement project.

At least £100,000 is available, of which a minimum of £50,000 must go to projects supporting children and young people (CYP).

We will be particularly keen to assess bids which support people (including CYP):

  • who self harm or who have made a previous suicide attempt
  • from seldom heard communities
  • who are struggling with the cost of living increases
  • who are affected by domestic abuse
  • living with long covid
  • who struggle with substance misuse as well as mental ill health.

For more information read our prospectus (PDF, 149.1 KB).

Applicants can apply for grants ranging from £500 to £15,000.

Applications closed on 1 August 2022.

We know that in the right hands, a little can go a long way, so we want your ideas about how to improve the mental health and wellbeing of residents across Kent and Medway.

Through our Saving Lives Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund and Kent and Medway Listens Community Chest we have supported over 90 community projects over the last 5 years, and we now look forward to investing at least £100,000 into new projects in 2022/23.

The 2 objectives for this fund are:

  • test innovative ideas and develop evidence of what works
  • support grassroots projects to continue to support their
    communities.

Any formally constituted community group, charity or organisation can apply. The majority of the funding is expected to be awarded to local groups from the voluntary or charity sectors.

Projects must either be innovative, or demonstrate how they will support communities at a grassroots level.

Funded projects need to be delivered by March 31st 2023.

Applications for general mental wellbeing training will not be funded, however we will welcome applications for training to address specific issues (for instance young people’s use of social media or in depth training exploring the links between domestic abuse and suicide).

Applications for traditional one-to-one counselling will also not be funded.

Applications have now closed.

The fund will be overseen by members from the Kent and Medway Suicide Prevention Steering Group and Better Mental Health Network.

Due to the anticipated high number of applications, detailed feedback to unsuccessful applicants will not be available.