Urgent Notice: Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund

You may have been signposted to this page due to an error in a newsletter published in one of the Aberdeenshire Public Health Team bulletins.

The Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund will be launched on 17th November, and we would ecourage you to check back to our website on or after that date.

AVA apologises on behalf of the Aberdeenshire Public Health Team for the publishing error that has occurred in their newsletters.

Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA) is delighted to announce that in partnership with Foundation Scotland's Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund and the other 31 Third Sector Interfaces across Scotland, a small grants programme will be open to applications from Monday 5th October.

AVA is  seeking to disperse awards of up to £1000 to charities and community groups operating in Aberdeenshire that are delivering services to support people who continue to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, priority will be given to projects that respond to people living with poor, interrupted or impaired access to food, shelter, and necessary amenities (e.g. sanitation, heat), whilst helping to build resilience in local communities.

The types of activity the money can be used for includes:

1)      The provision of emergency provisions / vouchers / cash to people in immediate need;
2)      Advice services to help people access housing, benefits, tax credits and other resources available to them;
3)      Peer support models that encourage people to share information and build solutions together;
4)      Community led action that supports people to build resilience in their community.

The application deadline for this fund is Friday 30th October 2020, and all applications will be considered after that date. Projects that are to be awarded funding will be notified by Friday 6th November, and the awarded funds will likely be available to those groups by the end of November.

Application Guidelines and Application Form can be downloaded here.