£900,000 Grant Scheme Launched In Staffordshire To Support Adult Mental Health Projects

A new local grant scheme is inviting community and voluntary groups to apply for grants of up to £20,000 to support and help adults with mental health issues across Staffordshire. £900,000 is available through the Community Mental Health Framework (CMHF) for Adults and Older Adults across all boroughs and districts in the county. Funding is available for equipment, training, and events to create projects that will provide access to activities and give adults with a severe mental illness a positive experience.

The grant scheme is being managed by The Community Foundation for Staffordshire on behalf of the NHS Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust and the Combined Healthcare Trust via the Community Mental Health Framework, a new initiative where community-based organisations work closer together to deliver targeted support. The Community Foundation is a specialist local fund manager who administers programmes for local authorities, philanthropists, and business across the county. Their local knowledge of the voluntary and community sector will ensure the grant funding will go exactly where it is needed.

The scheme is open for applications from Friday 1st July, closing 12 August 2022. For further information visit: https://staffordshire.foundation/grants/mpft/

Steve Adams, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation said: “We want creative grant applications from organisations who can support people over the age of 18 with Severe Mental Illness (SMI). Applicants can send in videos or audio files to demonstrate their proposals – we want dynamic ideas to make a difference and so don’t want to restrict organisations to paper forms.

“We are delighted to be working with the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust and the Combined Healthcare Trust to target and help adults across the county with a severe mental health illness that substantially interferes with, or limits one of life’s major activities.”

Lisa Agell-Argiles, Director for Unplanned care and Mental health, the Community Mental Health Framework said, “Delivering successful programmes to support adults and older adults with mental health issues is so important to make a better society. The Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults (CMHF) model means that NHS community mental health services work together in a seamless way, with users central to service provision because they are much more involved in their own care and support.”

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