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People in Mind: Community Wellbeing Fund Year 2

Community Wellbeing Fund frame with a young man in the cutout

The Fund

The People in Mind Community Wellbeing Fund forms part of the broader People in Mind programme co-ordinated & managed by Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum (VSF) and funded jointly by Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Integrated Care Board (ICB) and Public Health.

The programme is aimed at supporting innovation and collaboration within the voluntary, community & social enterprise (VCSE) sector to deliver a trauma-informed and whole-family approach to improving the wellbeing of communities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

A collaborative core service is being delivered by eight key VCSE sector partner organisations and the Community Wellbeing Fund is intended to provide grants to other voluntary organisations and community groups working with people aged 16+ that are most at risk of poor mental health, self-harm, or suicide.

The People in Mind Community Wellbeing Fund totals £185,000 in Year 2 (£140,000 from ICB and Public Health and £45,000 as a donation from the Sedel-Collings Foundation) and is seeking applications for projects and activities that support the reduction of the suicide rate in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly through one or more of the following key outcomes:

  1. improving mental and emotional wellbeing
  2. increasing social connection
  3. increasing financial security

The fund will prioritise applications where projects are working to support one (or more) of the following target population groups and geographical areas.

Target population groups

  • People that that have experienced or been affected by Domestic Abuse/Sexual Violence/Crime
  • Young people aged 19-25
  • LGBTQ+
  • Veterans
  • People experiencing substance or alcohol use disorder
  • Black and minoritised ethnic groups
  • People with Learning Disabilities and/or diagnosed or undiagnosed neurodivergence
  • Gypsy/Roma/Travelling communities
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • People experiencing menopause
  • People experiencing Long Term Conditions (particularly those characterised by pain)

Geographical areas

We welcome applications from all areas; however, we are particularly interested in seeking applications that support people living in the North and East Cornwall areas as well as the Lizard, as these are areas of the county that are currently underserved.

Grants will ordinarily range from £1,000 to £10,000.

Grants of up to £25,000 will be considered in exceptional circumstances where applications clearly demonstrate an elevated level of innovation and/or collaboration in line with the overarching aim of the fund. Grants between £10,000 – £25,000 may potentially be made where a grant is awarded across a period of 2 years.

Unless stipulated as a 2-year grant, grants should be spent within 12 months of receipt of funds.

Eligibility to Apply

Applications can be considered from not-for-profit community groups, organisations or social enterprises operating in Cornwall. You do not need to be a registered charity, but your activities must be considered charitable, and you must have the following:

  • A recognised governing document e.g. Constitution, Articles which outlines the organisation’s objectives, and it must have a Dissolution Clause.
  • A minimum of three unrelated members on your Management Committee or Board of Trustees. If you are a registered charity, your trustees should be registered with the Charity Commission.
  • If you are working with children and/or people at risk, you must have a Safeguarding Policy in place. This should include your Safeguarding Officer’s name/s and contact details and information on the training that staff / volunteers undertake.
  • Up to date annual accounts for your organisation or group.
  • A bank account in the organisation or group’s name which requires two unrelated signatories for all withdrawals.
  • Current, relevant insurance policies.

Please note

  • If you were a recipient of the Community Wellbeing Fund in Year 1, please note that you may apply for funding for Year 2.

However, you must complete and return your interim/final monitoring form for your Year 1 outcomes when submitting your application for Year 2 funds.

If you’re applying to continue a project funded by the Community Wellbeing Fund in Year 1, please note that all Year 1 funds must be spent by November 2024 and before Year 2 delivery starts.

  • Core delivery partners of the People in Mind programme are not eligible to apply for a Community Wellbeing Fund grant.

Sorry, we do not fund*

  • Commercial, profit-making organisations
  • Groups with a significant free reserve balance
  • Statutory/public sector organisations
  • Contributions to an endowment, payment of deficit funding or repayment of loans
  • Grant making organisations or bodies who fundraise or distribute grants on behalf of other organisations
  • Retrospective grants
  • Regional offices of national bodies that do not have their own local accounts and management committee and benefit local people
  • Groups whose beneficiaries are not people
  • Projects intended to influence people’s religious choices or to promote a particular belief system.
  • The promotion of political causes

*This list is not exhaustive.

Application Timeline

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 12th July 2024.

The Panel will meet in early September 2024, and we will aim to inform applicants of the outcomes by 30th September 2024.

Application Form

The application form can be accessed here: People in Mind Community Wellbeing Fund Y2 online application form

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People in Mind Community Wellbeing Fund Y2