A new fund has been launched for Mental Health Charities who are dealing with increased demand during Coronavirus crisis.
A £5 million funding pot has been made available to enable England-based mental health organisations from the voluntary and community sector to deal with the increase in need for their services arising from the coronavirus crisis.
Organisations can apply for funding to:
Scale-up existing activities: For example, the organisation may manage a helpline or a forum that is experiencing an unprecedented amount of requests.
Adapt existing activities: For example, the organisation may have traditionally delivered all of their services in-person and now wants to adapt them in order to continue meeting the needs of existing, or new, service users.
Introduce new activities: For example, organisations may want to introduce a new service that will meet the specific needs of service users that arise due, in part, to the coronavirus crisis.
Organisations can apply for either a Small Grant of up to £20,000 or a Large Grant of up to £50,000. The minimum grant available is £5,000. For organisations applying for work across at least three English regions grants of up to £100,000 will be considered.
Funding is for a maximum of 12 months. Successful applicants will be expected to start delivery of their activities within one month of accepting funding.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until the funding pot is allocated (which is anticipated to be within eight to ten weeks).
There are cut-off dates for applications to be considered at specific panel meetings which take place every two weeks.