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The Mental Health and Wellbeing Community Investment Fund and Suicide Prevention Investment Fund

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Community Investment Fund and Suicide Prevention Investment Fund

The Mental Health and Wellbeing community Investment Fund

In 2022 the Mental Health and Wellbeing Community Investment Fund was launched following agreement with Lincolnshire partners as part of the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme. The Fund brings together the Community Asset Development Allocation and the Managed Care Network, mental health funding.

The Funding was available to all third sector and VCSE organisations with the overarching aims that the fund would:

Support growth and innovation of VCSE organisations to deliver projects for the benefit of those experiencing a mental illness or wellbeing need.

  • Support smaller grass roots organisations to deliver and test out innovative ideas in response to local population need.
  • Further support the growth and sustainability of partner organisations to ensure the collective development of a mental health, learning disability and autism informed society and workforce.
  • Ensure that all funding is aligned to clear objectives, able to evidence and demonstrate impact and delivery that is of benefit to the Lincolnshire population which they serve and does not duplicate other funding streams.
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    The Fund itself was split into two pots, the Innovation and Sustainability Funds.

    The Sustainability Fund opens on an annual basis with the allocation of funding for each individual project gradually decreasing by pre-determined proportions over a period of 3 years.

    The Innovation Fund enables organisations to apply for smaller grants from £1,000 up to a maximum of £10,000, for a maximum of 12 months, to pilot new and innovative ideas in their communities before seeking, if appropriate, to apply to the Sustainability Fund.

    In 2022 the funds saw 118 applications with 41 successful organisations receiving Sustainability funding and 20 organisations receiving Innovation funding. The projects continuing to their second year of Sustainability Funding from 2022 are below (on orange) and the evaluation of the 2022 Innovation Funding projects can be found on our website.

    In 2023 the funds saw 107 applications with 29 successful organisations receiving Sustainability funding and 16 organisations receiving Innovation funding.

     

    The Suicide Prevention Fund

    October 2020 saw the publication of Lincolnshire County Council’s suicide prevention strategy. This has been developed on a multi-agency basis and co-produced alongside people with lived experience to reach out and save lives. The vision is to recognise and support the aim that Lincolnshire is a place where suicide is not considered as an option and people will continue to have hope. 

    Suicide Prevention Investment Funding was secured from NHS England and Shine Lincolnshire launched the Wave One Investment Programme for Suicide Prevention across the County, with a focus on men at risk of suicide aged 25 to 59. The Investment Programme (SPF) was aimed at community organisation’s who work directly with men in supporting mental health, to apply for grants up to support and strengthen their organisations and their offer to men at risk of suicide.

     Following on from the success of wave one of the funding, wave two of the Suicide Prevention Programme was launched in autumn of 2021 and wave three launched in the autumn of 2022. These programmes were not age or gender specific and had a focus on supporting people 18+ and being innovative and creative with ideas and developments that promote healthy lifestyles, reduces self-harm, suicides, and raises awareness. 

     In 2023 wave four launched and again, this programme is not age or gender specific and focuses on supporting people 18+ and being innovative and creative with ideas and developments that promote healthy lifestyles, reduces self-harm, suicides, and raises awareness. The wave four fund has 5 successful projects being awarded funding

     

    Details of the successful projects for both funding streams can be found here: