£161,000 grants available as part of Community Mental Health Transformation Programme

A new Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent wide grant scheme has been launched, with community and voluntary groups having until Monday 13 February 2023* to apply for grants of up to £20,000 to support and help young adults with mental health issues across the county. 

£161,000 is available through the Community Mental Health Transformation programme for all boroughs and districts in the county. 

*This has been updated as of 10/02/23: The deadline for applications has been extended to the 24/02/23

The grant scheme is being managed by The Community Foundation for Staffordshire on behalf of North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and forms part of the Community Mental Health Transformation programme in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, which is seeing community-based organisations working closer together to deliver more targeted support. The Community Foundation is specialist local fund manager who administer 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. 

Steve Adams, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation said:

“The rising prices during this cost of living crisis are having a severe effect on community and voluntary groups supporting adults with Severe Mental Illness (SMI). We distributed £900,000 worth of grants last year to the same sector of society and saw the impact it made. This additional round of grants will have a further positive impact in a short space of time.” 

Liz Mellor, Director of Strategy and Partnerships, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, said:

“Following the success of Round One of the grant scheme and over £96,000 being awarded in grants to VCSE organisations in North Staffordshire, Combined Healthcare is delighted that a further scheme is now open until 13 February 2023 for the VCSE sector to apply to.

“The grant programme gives us even more chance to join up with local organisations and support the delivery of inclusive, accessible and responsive services to support young adults with severe mental illness, as part of the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme.”

Lisa Agell-Argiles, Director for Unplanned Care and Mental Health for Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said,

“Delivering successful programmes to support adults and older adults with mental health issues is so important to make a better society. Through the Community Mental Health Transformation programme for Adults and Older Adults (CMHF), NHS community mental health services are working together in a seamless way, with users central to service provision because they are much more involved in their own care and support. After the success of the grants last year, I’m delighted that together with the Community Foundation for Staffordshire we have additional grants available that will make a difference during a difficult time.” 

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