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GMCVO announces Medium Grants to Support Mental Wellbeing (UK)

GMCVO announces Medium Grants to Support Mental Wellbeing (UK)

The Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) is seeking applications for its Medium Grants programme to support mental wellbeing.

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GMCVO is looking for activities that will support adults to maintain or raise their levels of mental wellbeing using the principles of The New Economics Foundation’s “Five Ways to Wellbeing” while maintaining the governments social distancing guidance and restrictions. The 5 Ways to Wellbeing include five different areas of activity, that evidence shows, people need to be doing to achieve higher levels of mental wellbeing; be active, notice, connect, give and learn.

They are seeking to fund 5 projects of £10,000 that will support adults, from the communities of identity or experience below that may struggle to achieve higher levels of mental wellbeing.

They are seeking 5 projects that:

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While showing innovation, will also demonstrate an evidence-based approach to improving mental wellbeing;
Will demonstrate how they fit with Greater Manchester or local strategic priorities (for example the GM Wellbeing Vision);
Show how they will work with other organizations (VCSE and Public sector) that are also providing mental wellbeing support to the community they are targeting.
Funding Information

Amount: projects of £10,000
Eligibility Criteria

For your organization to be eligible to apply:

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You must be a constituted Voluntary, Community or Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisation operating in Greater Manchester for the benefit of Greater Manchester residents (also includes Glossop).
You must have a bank account requiring two signatures in the name of your organisation.
Have a Safeguarding Policy which includes DBS checks if you work with vulnerable adults.
You must be willing to commit to monitoring the project (guidance will be provided) and tell us about it.
For your project idea to be eligible:

The project proposed must benefit one of the following communities:
Adults from BAME communities;
Adults living with long term physical or mental health conditions;
Disabled adults;
Socially isolated older people;
Military veterans;
People who are unemployed;
Adults who identify as LGBTQI;
Adult careers.
Participants of the proposed project must be residents of Greater Manchester (including Glossop).
The project proposed must be able to be delivered within government social distancing restrictions.
The project must be delivered by the end of June 2021.

To be successful and get funding for your proposed project you will need to:

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Tell them what the project is, including how, when and where the project would be delivered within the current government social distancing restrictions.
Tell them how many people are expected to take part and explain how their participation would be encouraged.
Explain how your project would help people do all of the following:
Be active – Take part in physical activity they enjoy and makes them feel good.
Notice – Be aware of the world around them and what they are feeling.
Connect – Build supportive relations and connections with others.
Give – Give something to others: volunteer, join community groups and carry out small acts of kindness.
Learn – Try something new, or rediscover an old interest, that makes people feel more confident as well as being fun.
Describe your past experience of working with the community/ies that would participate in your project.
Explain how you know your project is needed. For a good answer they would expect that you tell them how you have consulted people, any statistical evidence you are aware of and any other research you know others have done.
Explain how your project fits with Greater Manchester or local strategic priorities.
Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy
Show you will work with other organisations (VCSE and public sector) that are also providing mental wellbeing support to the community/ies you are targeting (including connections with and/or knowledge of the GM VCSE Mental Health Leadership Group).
Tell them how much the project will cost and provide an itemised breakdown that relates to the proposed activity.
For more information, visit https://www.gmcvo.org.uk/gm-mental-wellbeing-grants/medium-grants

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