The Self Management Fund opened in 2009 and was available to voluntary organisations and community groups throughout Scotland. The aim has been to support work to encourage people living with long term conditions to learn more about the management of their conditions and to be become active partners in their own care.
The Third Sector has an excellent track record in supporting person-centred, assets based approaches in communities, and the Self Management Fund builds upon this. In challenging times, economically and socially, this has never been more important.
The Fund has supported projects and organisations which maximised the experience of people living with long term conditions, and their unpaid carers, working in partnership with health and social care professionals. The fund will strengthen new ideas, developments and existing approaches in self management. To make sure this happens and to provide a structure for allocating the funds, the Impact Fund has the following core criteria:
- To fund projects that will build the capacity of people with long term conditions to effectively self manage
- To fund projects which encourage new approaches to self management
- To fund projects which enable people with long term conditions to take a leadership role in delivering and promoting self management
- To fund projects that work together with public services to support the principles of the Self Management Strategy
There are four levels of grant available:
- A ‘Starter’ Fund – up to £5000 – to test new ideas and innovation, to demonstrate and research need as well as possible progression for an idea, and to take forward the My Condition, My Terms, My Life Self Management Awareness Campaign locally/with communities
- Small Grants – up to £20 000 – for projects up to 12 months
- Main Grants – up to £100 000 a year – for projects up to 24 months
- Strategic Grants – up to £150 000 a year – for projects up to 24 months
The final deadline for applications to this Fund is Thursday 13th June at 5pm. The Grant Allocation Panel will meet in September to review the applications with decisions being announced early October.