Funding news - 17/03/2017

Comic Relief to Launch £1.8m Community Mental Health Matters Fund

Comic Relief has announced that it will accept applications to its new £1.8 million fund for existing and emerging mental health initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa starting from 22 March.

Comic Relief is making a total of £1.8 million available to organisations based in the UK for work that supports existing and emerging mental health initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The funding is for activities taking place in Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Comic Relief is particularly interested in supporting projects which use one of the following approaches:

  • Supporting the establishment of and/or building the capacity of grassroots, community-led mental health self-help groups or user groups, particularly in rural, hard to reach contexts where there is little or no access to formal mental health care, or it is unaffordable.
  • Integrating mental health care into the community in low resource settings to address common and more easily-treated issues such as minor depression and anxiety, many of which can be treated effectively without drugs.
  • Training of community health workers to facilitate self-help groups and recognise mental health issues in the community, referring serious cases where referral facilities are available.
  • Tackling stigma and discrimination about mental health in the community, and/or amongst health workers.
  • Community approaches to mental health which embrace local cultures and values.
  • Approaches which empower people with lived experience of mental health issues to participate and advocate for improved mental health care in their community and country.
  • Innovating new, community-led approaches to supporting mental health, or taking proven community mental health approaches to scale.

Grants of up to £300,000 over a minimum of 12 months up to a maximum of 36 months will be available.

Applications will be accepted from 22 March 2017 until 26 April 2017 (12 noon).

Further information is available from the Comic Relief website.

Source: Comic Relief, 17/03/2017