We are pleased to announce a new small grants scheme to support regional development in the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.  

With funding from Creative Scotland, we are offering grants of between £250 – £1000 to support regional events.  

Fund guidelines

Applications are open to all, but we are particularly interested in supporting events in areas that are underrepresented in our programme. These areas currently include Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth and Stirling, as well as rural areas anywhere in Scotland, and other areas with limited access to the arts.  

We will also prioritise applications from anywhere in Scotland that directly engage communities who are most at risk of experiencing poor mental health. These include families at elevated risk, at-risk young people, refugees and asylum seekers, people living with long term conditions, and people from racialised communities.

This fund is open to both organisations and individuals. It can support both new projects and ongoing work. We anticipate supporting projects across a diverse range of regional areas and communities.

All activity must take place as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2024, with public events taking place from 10 – 27 October 2024. It should also respond to the festival theme of ‘In/Visible’ in some way.

How to apply

The fund is now open. Applications should be submitted through our online application formThe closing date for applications is 2pm on Tuesday 21 May

If you have any questions, please get in touch at smhaf@mentalhealth.org.uk.

About the festival

Now in its 18th year, the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival takes place across Scotland and is led by the Mental Health Foundation. It aims to provides a platform for everyone to create and share art inspired by mental health and explores how the arts and creativity can support people to live mentally healthier lives.

By engaging with artists, connecting with communities and forming collaborations, we celebrate the artistic achievements of people with experience of mental health problems, challenge stigma and perceptions, and encourage participation in the arts to promote good mental health for all.

SMHAF will return from 10 – 27 October 2024, exploring the theme of ‘In/Visible’. We are hosting two information sessions in May to share details about our upcoming programme and how individuals and organisations can get involved. Book your place here.

Main Image: QUOIR performing at Moving Minds 2023. Credit: Ingrid Mur.