Autism Support Network Fund now open for grant applications from community groups
Organisations that support adults and children with autism can apply for a share of £200,000 worth of grants.
The Autism Support Network Fund, managed by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), is now open for grant applications until October 10 at 3pm.
Funding can be used to put towards a range of activities to help people with autism live independently within their communities, as well as promoting good mental and physical health for themselves and others.
Jane Marshall, the trust’s director of strategy, said: "We often hear that people find it difficult to access projects and activities which can support people with autism.
"So we are really excited to be able to expand the community funding we offer and look forward to building a bigger community resource for people with autism.
"We know that social groups and activities can have such a huge impact on people’s quality of life and prevent deterioration in their mental wellbeing.
"Therefore, we are hoping to see a wide range of activities and projects that will help people develop a greater sense of personal wellbeing, improve coping and self-care, increase motivation, hope and confidence, reduce isolation and improve physical health.
"Activities could range from social support and friendship groups, formal and informal learning, skills and qualifications, to supported volunteering and community participation activities."
Lincolnshire County Council and South West Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group have provided one-off funding for the project and groups that are successful in applying for grants will become part of LPFT’s Autism Support Network.
It runs alongside the already established Managed Care Network, a collection of community groups which offer support and various activities to help keep people living well in their communities.
Justin Hackney, assistant director of specialist adult services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "The Managed Care Network for mental health needs has achieved many positive results for the people of Lincolnshire.
"So it is with great delight that we have been able to expand the brilliant work of the Managed Care Network for people with autism.”
For more details about the Autism Support Network Fund and how to apply, visit www.lpft.nhs.uk/autism-support-network or call 01529 222 244.