The one-off grants will be available to support existing voluntary and community sector mental health organisations with a wide range of needs. These include: mental health projects—such as tackling health inequalities in the community by engaging hard to reach and at risk groups—training and professional development, improving organisational infrastructure, or for staff salaries and volunteer expenses.
Leader of Basildon Council, Councillor Gavin Callaghan, said: "We are concerned about all aspects of life for our residents, and we want to make sure that our partners in mental health are equipped for the demand for their services.
"The grants come at a crucial time as statistics across the country along with local services are all indicating there could be a greater demand for mental health services over winter.
"We are very grateful for our partners Public health, Countryside Properties, and Mark Noble and partners in this project who are supporting this foundational service—and putting our residents' welfare first."
Financial backing for the Fund comes from:
Applications will be open to any of the following organisations:
Organisations can apply online. See:
Applicants who are unsure about anything related to the grants are advised to contact the Council's Voluntary Sector Development Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on Monday 26 October 2020