New grant to reduce ethnic inequalities launched in Leeds

NHS Leeds and Leeds Community Foundation have launched a new grants programme to address mental health inequalities in minority groups in the city.

Part of a broader programme of work to reduce inequalities in Leeds, including Synergi’s Creative Spaces programme and national pledge, the grants will fund local third sector social enterprises, community groups and charities supporting local people from minority ethnic groups with their mental health.

Sarah Erskine, Health Improvement Principal, Adults and Health Directorate, Leeds City Council, said: “We are delighted that our new Leeds grants programme for addressing the mental health inequalities experienced by culturally diverse communities is now live. We know that many individuals, groups and organisations across the city have been working for many years to support people’s mental health – sometimes without the funding to do this. People told us at our Creative Spaces event with Synergi on 23rd October 2019, that they needed resources and support to continue and develop this work at a grassroots level.”

“Some communities in Leeds – like elsewhere in the country – are more at risk of developing serious mental illness and there are barriers to accessing mental health treatment that meets their needs. We hope that this all-age grants programme will go some way towards reducing risks and improving trust and communication between communities and services. The grants programme has been developed with local people and organisations and aims to be as responsive to local issues as possible”

Grants range from £5,000 to £20,000 over two years for projects to:

  • Build capacity
  • Reduce stigma and increase trust
  • Provide access to early intervention for developing mental health issues
  • Influence positive community action and promote community resilience.

The deadline is noon on 20 January 2021. Funding will be awarded in March 2021.

A briefing session for potential applicants will be held on 15th December 2020 from 10am to 11.00am.

To reserve your place, click on the following link.

To apply for the grants programme, find out more here.