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This fund will provide grants for voluntary organisations and community groups that are providing mental health and wellbeing support to the population of County Durham. The funding has been provided through the Durham and Tees Valley Mental Health and Learning Disability Partnership.

Priority for funding will be given to locally based community organisations that support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of people resident in County Durham. It is intended that the funding will be used in two ways:

  • to allow smaller, grass roots organisations or projects providing mental health and emotional wellbeing support either to be sustainable in the short term

and/ or

  • to test new or different ways of working/ideas, that would enable larger scale projects to be developed that would have a greater reach and impact.

The funding is expected to deliver the following outcomes:

· Retention of much needed , non-stigmatising community resources and services for people with mental health difficulties across the lifecourse (including people with learning disabilities and autism);

· Increased capacity to support those most vulnerable to mental health difficulties and emotional distress (including people with learning disabilities and autism);

· A reduction in loneliness and social isolation, and increase in reported connectedness and recovery;

· Intelligence about gaps in need and provision to help influence and shape future mental health and learning disability commissioning and transformation programmes.

Geographic focus

The Fund supports residents of County Durham. Please note that applications that do not show clearly that the beneficiaries of the funding are residents of County Durham will be rejected.

Size and duration of grants

Grant awards of between £5,000 and £10,000 will be considered. Projects should be completed within 12 months of the grant award date.

(NB: this fund is also accepting applications for up to £25,000 via a separate application form available on the CDCF website. Groups can apply to both the Small Grant stream and the Large Grant stream, however applications must be for activities that are distinct and not dependent on the result of the other application.)

What can the funding be spent on?

Funding can be awarded towards staff costs, sessional workers, costs associated with keeping a service/provision open (e.g. rent/utilities), equipment required to deliver the service, activities required to ensure premises that deliver the service are COVID-19 secure. It is not envisaged that a grant will be awarded that just support a capital requirement although modest capital requests (eg IT equipment) will be considered.

Applying to the Fund

In delivering this funding the funders are very aware that organisations are at different stages in developing their plans for the future, with this in mind there will be a number of opportunities to apply for funding.

The second application round will close on Sunday 26th September 2021 for consideration at the round 2 panel. Applications must reach us by 11pm on 26th September.

A second round will open for applications in late spring/early summer