NEW funds are available to help groups and organisations increase and improve participatory arts and mental health provision locally.
It has been launched by Creative Scotland in a new partnership with the Baring Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation and is backed with £145,000 from The National Lottery.
Creative Scotland’s Kim Simpson said: “The funding will allow for time and space for new ideas and approaches to be explored and developed, and for innovative ways of working emerge that will benefit mental health prevention and recovery within participatory settings.
“Our hope is that this fund will promote a deeper understanding of the role arts can play in addressing this issue.”
Rob Dickie, from the Mental Health Foundation, added: “We know from experience that the arts and creativity can play a vital role in supporting people to live mentally healthier lives. We believe this programme will provide welcome support for organisations who work with their communities to deliver this important work and contribute to learning and development in the arts and mental health in Scotland.”
Bids are now welcome from Dumfries and Galloway before the deadline of July 18. Go to the Creative Scotland website for more information.