Funding news - 11/09/2017

Comic Relief Launches Fund for Young Men and Mental Health

Comic Relief is inviting applications to its new £1.75 million fund for the UK.

The new ‘Thriving Not Just Surviving: Young Men and Mental Health Fund’ is intended to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young men, aged between 11 and 20 years, who are experiencing mental health problems.

Comic Relief is seeking proposals to deliver specialised mental health provision which puts the needs of young men at the heart of their work. There is special interest in funding organisations that test out different approaches to engagement and support to establish what works.

Applications will be accepted from specialist mental health and/or youth organisations with particular interest in organisations that are based in the community in which they work. Partnership bids are welcome. Only one proposal per applicant can be submitted. Applicants are encouraged to co-design activities with young men to ensure their needs, interests and priorities are met as well as challenging the barriers they face in accessing mental health provision.

It is expected that approximately 20 grants will be awarded across the UK. Grants of between £100,000 and £150,000 are available for up to three years’ work in the UK.

Priority will be given to applications which:

  • Have consulted and plan to co-design activities with young men to ensure their needs and interests are met effectively.
  • Are working with young men from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities or those with co-occurring learning disabilities and mental health problems.
  • Use activity based interventions as a tool of engagement and/or that are psychologically informed. Applications using the arts and sports as well as social and cultural activities will be considered.
  • Promote and recognise the power of peer support and positive role models and incorporate these into their interventions.
  • Ensure activities are carried out in non-stigmatising locations.

The deadline for applications is 13 October 2017 (midday).

Full details can be found on the Comic Relief website.

Source: Comic Relief, 11/09/2017