Funding Opportunities

The Hilden Charitable Fund

Fund Supporting Summer Play Schemes is Accepting Applications

Disadvantaged communities around the UK can benefit from small grants to help run short-term activities for local young people.

The Fund allocates a small budget each year to help community groups run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children aged five to 18 years in the UK.

Applications are invited from voluntary agencies in the UK with an income of less than £150,000.

Grants of between £500 and £1,500 are available to support the following:

  • Summer play schemes for children aged five to 18 years.
  • Local schemes lasting for two to six weeks.
  • Schemes with strong volunteer support.

Some priority will be given to projects that show they are inclusive of children from refugee families and show involvement of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups.

The funding is intended to be used to help with the costs related to the provision of the play schemes. Please note, however, the Trustees will not support play schemes with a budget over £12,000; club or family holidays; day care costs, or agencies with an income exceeding £150,000.

Click here for further information and to apply.

The deadline for applications is 4 June 2019.

Funding to Improve Mental Health in Mid-Life

Applications will be considered from not-for-profit organisations which meet all of the following criteria:

  • Their project or initiative will support people in mid-life. Suggested age range 30s to 50s.
  • Their project focuses specifically on supporting and improving people’s mental health and wellbeing, rather than on addressing wider social issues.
  • Their application clearly explains how they will reach, engage and directly support individuals in improving their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Their application outlines how they will measure and evaluate the difference their project makes to the mental health and wellbeing of individual participants.

The maximum grant available is £20,000.

Projects awarded funding will automatically receive an uplift of 15% of the level of funding awarded as a contribution to core costs.

Please note this funding will not support respite breaks, day trips, holidays or requests for a level of funding that represents more than 10% of an organisation’s annual turnover.

Click here to find out more and apply.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019.

Funding to Tackle Mental Health Through Sport

Comic Relief launched the new Ahead of the Game, Sport and Mental Health funding call to support projects that work with the most marginalised people, in the most disadvantaged communities in the UK, Ghana, Uganda, and Rwanda.

The funding has two aims:

  • To support new or existing work that combines sports based approaches with quality mental health support to reduce distress and/or improve mental wellbeing.
  • To contribute to the growing body of evidence by learning from projects about what approaches are effective for whom, in what contexts.

The fund will support work:

  • In the UK the focus is on supporting organisations to use sports-based approaches to support people who are already experiencing mental health problems, whether these are self-determined or diagnosed.
  • In Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda, the funding will support the following:
    • Organisations to deliver sports based approaches in communities where they can demonstrate people are at high risk of developing mental health problems.
    • Organisations to deliver sports based approaches who are working with those already experiencing mental health problems.

The proposed project must use sport as a tool for social change. Comic Relief’s Sport for Change strategy aims to bring about positive social change for individuals and communities through the intentional use of sport and physical activity.

Grants of between £150,000 and £450,000 are available for a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years.

The requested amount must be proportionate to the annual income of the organisation, and this will be looked at as part of the assessment process. Comic Relief aim to fund no more than 40% of the applicant organisation’s total income in any one year.

Capital costs must make up less than 25% of the funding amount being requested.

Comic Relief will cover the full cost of delivering a service or project.

There is a two-stage application process.

The deadline for first-stage applications is 31 May 2019 (12 noon).

Click here to find out more and apply.

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