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:
The funding is expected to deliver the following outcomes:
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 £2,000 to £25,000 will be considered (in exceptional circumstances a higher amount might be considered). Projects should be completed within 12 months of the grant award date.
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 first application round will open Monday 19th April and close Thursday 6th May 2021 for consideration at the round 1 panel. Applications must reach is by 11pm on 6th May.
A second round will open for applications in late spring/early summer.