The Coronavirus Mental Health Response fund has recently had its third panel meeting and we are pleased to announce the updated list of organisations that have been awarded funding. We have now made 134 awards from the fund; 72 small awards (funding of up to £20,000) and 62 large awards (funding of up to £100,000).
Feedback from the panel highlighted that the quality of applications was extremely high across the board. However, panel members reflected that applicants didn't always articulate how their proposed activity complemented, rather than duplicated, other local services.
Distribution of funding was informed and weighted by NHS Mental health population figures. The below graph shows the total distribution to each region against these figures.
Due to the high volume of applications, a decision was made to pause the fund for new applications in May. After undertaking an analysis of decisions across all panels, and in recognition that funding to BAME-led organisations is relatively low our Fund Governance Group has requested that we look in to ways we can distribute the programme’s current underspend to have a significant, meaningful impact for those communities and the organisations that serve them. We are currently looking in to ways to do this and will provide an update in the coming weeks.
We will also be launching the Coronavirus Mental Health Fund in Wales soon - please check back for more updates.