The Community Foundation NI on behalf of the Department of Health is delighted to open for application a Mental Health Support Fund.
The Mental Health Services Support Fund will provide support for mental health charities, in line with the outcomes set out below.
Grant values of between £5k and £100k will be made available to charities.
Projects can be for 12 months, 24 months, or longer, providing that they are all complete by mid March 2024.
Our grants team are holding an online information workshop, Wednesday 29th September, 10am to provide guidance on the fund’s criteria and application process. Register here.
These funding awards will equip and enable charities to provide a wide range of support services for people with mental ill health throughout Northern Ireland. This may include services aimed at keeping people well, and/or ensuring that those who have previously been unwell remain well.
Whilst this may be on all steps on the stepped care model, guiding mental health interventions in Northern Ireland, it is expected that most interventions will be provided at step 1 and 2, with some on step 3. These interventions are key support to mental ill health as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and to strengthen the person centred care approach in the new 10 year Mental Health Strategy.
Mental health charities and groups are invited to submit proposals on key themes including specific outcomes, all which are linked to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of the population, such as:
Talking therapies, psychological therapies and similar interventions;
Interventions which reduce pressures on mental health acute in-patient facilities for adults and children including in-reach to in-patient mental health services where there is support from the HSC Trusts;
Interventions which is expected to have an overall impact on the need for people to access statutory services;
Support for individuals, families and carers to improve emotional wellbeing and mental health through self help;
Support individuals, families and carers to access mental health and wellbeing services they need at the right time and place;
Support to individuals with mental health problems to engage more fully in society;
Support to individuals, families and carers to access technology to assist in improving their mental health, managing their mental health, treating their mental health, or in their recovery from mental ill health;
Reduction in stigma associated with mental health;
Advocacy and peer support work; and
Capacity building and sustainability in the delivery of mental health interventions and projects.
For an application to be successful, it must contribute to one or more of the above outcomes, depending on the level of funding applied for. Funding will not be awarded for cash awards to service users, or personal items, for example wellbeing or food hampers.
The Community Foundation can only fund groups with charitable purposes and not any projects delivered by statutory sources under steps 3 – 5.
Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering projects that have a direct impact on services users
Project may be directly linked to the funding outcomes, but may also be indirectly linked by providing intervention through the provision of advice, training, advocacy or research aimed at furthering issues/rights of mental health patients with government or other statutory bodies
Innovative interventions, projects or those of a pilot nature which have the potential to enhance support in the longer term would be particularly welcome
Applications that align with the draft Mental Health Strategy are particular welcomed
Joint applications from organisations are welcomed
Projects must be delivered by suitably qualified providers, for example, appropriately qualified Counsellors, and/or mental health practitioners. Please outline the qualifications of those delivering within your application
Applications should demonstrate a need and a methodology is in place to determine how progress against a relevant outcome(s) will be measured
The assessment of applications may include consideration of the sustainability of the service to be delivered in the proposal, and
The assessment of applications may include consideration of the geographic coverage of organisations and/or projects
Proposals will be particularly welcome which focus on supporting those living in rural communities and from the lesser heard/excluded or marginalised communities
Work linked to support people as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated limitations to everyday life will be prioritised
Who can apply:
Constituted organisations with charitable purposes, operating within Northern Ireland.
The key steps in the allocation process are as follows:
Charities will be invited to apply for funding by outlining the service they will deliver, including location/geographical reach, the number of people who would benefit, key output indicators and the cost of service provision
A review panel will consider applications and determine whether to award the grant or the level of the grant
Key output indicators will be monitored to give assurance that the services were carried out and agreed outputs achieved
Following delivery of the service a review will be carried out and reported upon.
The fund will not support:
The Community Foundation will not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes. Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy. We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography
General sporting activities, unless a key part of a wider specific mental health programme
Funding for retrospective project costs
Projects or activities that promote or advance religion, including flags and emblems associated with such
Organisations whose purposes include the advancement of religion
The establishment of endowment of any school or institution providing further education within the meaning of the education and libraries (Northern Ireland) order 1972
The provision of assistance to any Housing Association within the meaning of the housing (Northern Ireland) order 1976
Organisations which adopt a partisan political stance or activities which are party political. We will not support organisations that advocate the use of violence to campaign or influence public opinion
General appeals, individual and group sponsorship, marketing appeals, proposals for bursaries from individuals or proposals from individuals for the funding of study or attainment of qualifications
The provision of services that are the primary and legal responsibility of the state
Input VAT reclaimable from HMRC
Payments reimbursed or to be reimbursed by other public or private sector funding
Contributions in kind (i.e. a contribution in goods or services, as opposed to money)
Depreciation, amortisation or impairment of fixed Assets owned by the group
Interest payments (including service charge payments for finance leases)
Gifts to individuals other than promotional items with a value of no more than £25 a year to any one individual
Entertaining (entertaining for this purpose means anything that would be a taxable benefit to the person being entertained, according to current UK tax regulations)
Statutory fines, criminal fines or penalties
Liabilities incurred before the issue of an award
Use in respect of costs reimbursed or to be reimbursed by funding from any other source
Use to top up reserves of your group
Applicants should be required to provide the following with their application:
A copy of their governing document, e.g. constitution – this must be in the name of the applicant organisation unless governed through an umbrella organisation
A copy of the organisation’s most recent accounts
Evidence of need for the project eg: stakeholder analysis
For projects seeking over £100,000 a copy of their current organisational budget and their latest Management Accounts must also be submitted
A copy of safeguarding policies
A current account bank statement dated within the last three months.
A copy of equality policy
Note: In the event that the fund is heavily oversubscribed your application will not proceed to full assessment if it does not include all relevant requested supporting documentation.
Closing Date: Oct 22, 2021 13:00
Oct 22, 2021 13:00
Small Grants £5,000 - £30,000 Medium Grants £30,000 - £100,000
Talking therapies, psychological therapies and similar interventions; Interventions which reduce pressures on mental health acute in-patient facilities for adults and children including in-reach to in-patient mental health services where there is support from the HSC Trusts; Interventions which is expected to have an overall impact on the need for people to access statutory services; Support for individuals, families and carers to improve emotional wellbeing and mental health through self help; Support individuals, families and carers to access mental health and wellbeing services they need at the right time and place; Support to individuals with mental health problems to engage more fully in society; Support to individuals, families and carers to access technology to assist in improving their mental health, managing their mental health, treating their mental health, or in their recovery from mental ill health; Reduction in stigma associated with mental health; Advocacy and peer support work; and Capacity building and sustainability in the delivery of mental health interventions and projects.
Ready To Apply?
The fund will be open for applications from 9.00am on Monday 20 September 2021 and will close at 1.00pm Friday 22 October 2021.