The Inspiring Scotland is pleased to launch the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) Small Grants Fund to smaller third sector organisations and constituted community groups that support parents and families who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues at any point from pregnancy up to an infant’s third birthday.
The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) Programme Board established in 2019 provides strategic leadership and overall management of efforts to improve perinatal and infant mental health services across Scotland.
They work to annual delivery plans which recognise the need for a spectrum of mental health services and the invaluable contribution of the third sector.
The Small Grants Fund is aligned to the main PIMH Fund and aims to fund activities that contribute to the outcomes of the PIMH Fund:
- Parents and carers with perinatal mental health issues have increased access to specialist care in the area where they live
- Parents and carers with perinatal mental health issues feel less isolated and better able to seek support from family, friends and their community
- Parents and carers feel better able to meet the needs of their infants and children (physical, social, emotional and cognitive)
- Parents and carers are better able to maintain a warm and secure relationship with their infant
- Infants at higher risk of mental health problems are better supported by parents and carers
- Applicants can apply for one of two levels of funding, based on the type and size of their organisation or community group:
- The first level for grants of up to £2,000 is open to constituted community groups that have an annual income less than £25,000.
- The second level is for grants of up to £12,000 and is open to community organisations that are incorporated and registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), and Community Interest Companies, that have an annual income up to £1 million.
- Delivery timeframe: Grants are available to spend over 18 months, from October 2021 to March 2023.
- These grants are for constituted community groups with an annual income of less than £25,000. A constituted community group is a community group that has a set of governing rules and has charitable aims. The group does not need to be incorporated or registered as a charity to apply.
- Incorporated organisations with an annual income up to £1 million can apply for grants of up to £12,000. You need to be registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) to apply. The only exception is for Community Interest Companies (CICs) who will need to submit their governing document for a review to determine eligibility. You also need to have legal personality.
- Where possible they would like to see a constitution or governing document for the group. The constitution will have details of a volunteer management committee with at least three members, two of whom are unconnected. Applicants also need to have a bank account in the name of the group or organisation and confirm that two signatories are required to make withdrawals. They don’t need to see a bank statement as part of the application process, but successful applicants will be asked to provide a copy of a recent bank statement before funding is released.
- If a group or organisation does not have a bank account, they may consider payment of funds through a registered charity that knows the applicant and can hold money on behalf of the group.
For more information, visit http://www.inspiringscotland.org.uk/perinatal-and-infant-mental-health-small-grants-fund/