Thriving not just surviving young men and mental health

Comic Relief has launched a £1.75 million fund to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young men with mental health problems. They are seeking proposals to deliver specialised mental health provision which puts the needs of young men at the heart of their work. They expect to make approximately 20 grants of around £100,000-£150,000 across the UK. The timings for the initiative are:
• Open for applications:  6th September – 13th October
• Shortlisting: 19th October – 8th November
• Assessments: 12th December – 22nd January, 2018.
Full information and details on how to apply can be found here.




Life Changes Trust Accepting Applications in Scotland

The Life Changes Trust welcomes applications from organisations and individuals in Scotland with experience of dementia who are seeking funding to produce resources that equip and encourage people suffering with dementia and their carers.

Organisations and individuals who have experience of dementia and live in Scotland including people living with dementia; organisations that work with those living with dementia; current carers; and former carers can apply for grants of between £500 and £7,000.

The awards will support people living with dementia and their carers in Scotland to share knowledge and helpful information with each other by creating peer to peer support resources, such as leaflets, DVDs, videos, etc. Eligible projects/resources must have long term value/relevance (at least three years). Resources must be practical and truly reflect the experiences and needs of people living with dementia and/or carers.
The resources created through the fund will also provide a valuable source of education and information for people who want to know more about dementia, such as hospital or care home staff, relatives or friends.

The deadlines for applications are 1 September 2017 and 2 February 2018.

Further information is available from the Life Changes Trust’s website.

People's Postcode Trust’s Small Projects Grants Programme – Opens

Grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses that are seeking to effect positive change within their local area in England, Scotland and Wales can take the first step in the application process by submitting an online expression of interest.
The funding is for ‘good causes that focus on the prevention of poverty and the upholding of human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups.
The funding is intended to help organisations find real solutions to tackling the root causes of poverty and its long-term consequences by, for example, helping people gain the skills, knowledge and resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Poverty prevention can focus on relieving other needs, such as those associated with ethnicity, geography, gender and lack of educational and skills development.

Examples of projects which may fit within the Trust’s criteria are:

• Training programmes to boost skills and opportunities for disadvantaged groups with formal accreditation at the end of the programme.
• Homelessness support.
• Prevention of anti-social behaviour in young people.
• Support for at-risk families (parenting support).
• Promotion of human rights for LGBT groups, the disabled or the elderly.
• Services around domestic violence.

• Creative solutions to help refugees integrate into their community.

Projects likely to get funding will demonstrate:
• Innovative and tangible impacts.
• Sustainability: the project will continue to benefit beneficiaries beyond its 12 months.
• Creative acknowledgement of PPT’s support.
• Short but clear descriptions of activities and outcomes.
Grants range from £500 to £20,000 for those in Scotland and England and up to £10,000 for those in Wales.  
The following funding levels apply to specific applicants:
• Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with OSCR/Charity Commission can apply for up to £2,000 in funding.
• Applicants that are registered with OSCR / Charity Commission and can provide a charity number can apply for between £500 and £20,000 (or £10,000 in Wales) in funding.
As a general guideline, the larger and longer the project the higher the amount it would be considered acceptable to request. The amount requested should be directly related to the strength of the long term outcomes of the project.
Please note this fund is 'vastly oversubscribed'.
There is a two-step application process.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 August 2017

Postcode Community Trust - Community Grants Opens for Round 2

The Community Grants programme has opened with new guidelines and is accepting expressions of interest from not-for-profit groups across Great Britain.
Round two funding is focused on projects that enhance community cohesion through activities that bring people together and enhance a community’s identity as well as projects that improve the overall health and wellbeing of communities through exercise, counselling and training.
Grants range from £500 to £20,000 for those in Scotland and England and up to £10,000 for those in Wales. Only registered charities can apply for grants of more than £2,000.
Projects should help people gain better access to community facilities, community activities and strengthen communities in ways that are different, sustainable and reach a wide number of people.
The funding is for activities that:
• Promote team/group sports and activities at a grass-roots level.
• Provide or enhance places for sports and recreation.
• Promote community arts projects.
• Work in innovative ways to relieve older or disabled people’s isolation within their communities.
• Improve the health statistics of a community through, for example: 
o First aid courses.
o Exercise.
o Mental health awareness or counselling.
o First responders.
Examples of projects that would fit within these guidelines include the following:
• Sporting projects that involve disabled people, the elderly, and girls/women.
• Projects that train members of the community to become sport coaches.
• Purchases of minibuses to enable disabled or elderly to take part more fully in their community.
• Establishment of community choirs, drama groups, art groups, history societies.
• Community First Responder courses.
• Exercise programmes that benefit elderly or disabled people, helping to prevent falls and limit obesity.
• Programmes that provide mental health provision for those experiencing various addictions or life-limiting problems.
There is a two-step application process.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 August 2017.

BBC Children in Need’s Curiosity Fund Accepting Applications from Across the UK

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands have until 22 September 2017 to apply for funding to projects which engage children and young people in science based activities

The £2.5 million Curiosity Fund is provided in partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust in order to use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK.
To be eligible for grants of up to £10,000 projects should use exciting and engaging science activities to encourage young people to be curious about the world around them and inside them, making a positive difference in their lives: building confidence and self-esteem, developing life skills and expanding horizons.
For the purpose of this grant beneficiaries are deemed to be disadvantage if they have:
• An illness, experience distress, abuse or neglect.
• Any kind of disability.
• Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
• Lived or are living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
Eligible projects should not focus upon ‘teaching’ science in a more fun and hands-on way than children and young people might experience at school. Children and young people should have their curiosity stimulated and be empowered to ask questions that are relevant to them, by encouraging them to use their own expertise and experiences.
Grant activities should take place between January 2018 and September 2018. It is anticipated that up to 20 organisations will receive a grant in the first funding round. Organisations that miss this round may be able to apply again in September 2018 when the second round is expected to open for applications

To be eligible for funding applicants should have a track record of working with disadvantaged children and young people aged up to 18. Applicants do not have to be experts in science or even have delivered science activities before to participate.

Organisations that already hold grant funding from Children in Need or the Wellcome Trust are eligible for funding.

The deadline for applications is 22 September 2017.

 BBC Children in Need - Curiosity Fund

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