BCF Mental Health Funding now open!

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Article date
26 September 2017
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Voluntary sector

The Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) 2017 Year of Mental Health funding round is now open

The funding is for local community groups working to address the effects of mental health issues across Berkshire. Priority will be given to:

  • Organisations/projects supporting vulnerable people of any age
  • Organisations/projects with innovative approaches, responding to a defined need
  • Organisations/projects which have clearly identified the objectives for the project to address the need
  • Organisations which can demonstrate ability to manage a substantial grant, particularly for larger awards.

Funding is available for minor projects (up to £10,000) and major projects (up to £20,000).  The two stage process will lead to a shortlist of six projects being selected, to present at a ‘Pitch to the Panel’ event in March 2018.

In the first instance, applicants are being asked to submit an online Expression of Interest form along with their organisation’s latest Accounts, Constitution and Policies by 30 October 2017. Expressions of Interest will be considered by a BCF Panel, with those organisations/projects which meet with the criteria most strongly being invited to fill in an online application form to be completed by 1 December 2017.

Shortlisted groups will be notified in January 2018 about presenting their project to a BCF panel on 7 March 2018.  Applications not shortlisted for the ‘Pitch to the Panel’ event may be considered under alternative funding streams.

More information can be found here: http://www.berkshirecf.org/grants/2017-year-of-mental-health/