Comic Relief strengthening mental health support for children and young people – open until 28 June 2019

Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Comic Relief are seeking proposals from those working on providing mental health support to children and young people at an early stage so that they are aware of their mental health and can build resilience as they grow and develop.

They would like to fund proposals that are particularly focusing on vulnerable children and young people from groups under-served by current services. They will prioritise proposals that place partnership working at the heart of the bid. Proposals should be working on two or more of the following areas: 

  • tackling stigma and discrimination,
  • increasing access to quality service provision,
  • strategic/systemic changes at local and/or national level.

The target beneficiary group is 5 to 24 year olds and the definition of under-served groups is a group that is (or can be) marginalised and unable to access mental health services. This is not a definitive list but some examples of the groups they are seeking to support can include:

  • Socioeconomically disadvantaged people of any ethnicity.
  • Marginalised ethnic groups (in the UK referred to as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)).
  • Children and young people who have a parent with mental health problems.
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ+).
  • Children and young people living with HIV or other long term and life limiting illnesses.
  • Children and young people with disabilities, including learning disabilities.
  • Refugees and asylum-seeking children and young people.
  • Children and young people affected by traumatic experiences such as violence, abuse and neglect.
  • Young offenders and young people who are not in education, employment or training.
Income requirements and funding limits
  • Grants of £150,000 to £700,000 are available for a minimum of 3 years to a maximum of 5 years.
  • They will fund no more than 40% of your organisation’s total income in any one year. For partnership bids they will only be reviewing the income from the lead partner.
  • For organisations who have an income that falls below the minimum requirement they would strongly encourage you to partner with an organisation that does reach this minimum income requirement.
  • In the UK, organisations will need to have a minimum annual income of £250,000.
  • Funding can be used to cover specific project activities, or a combination of activities and organisational core costs or overheads on a full cost recovery basis.
Partnership and organisation requirements
  • They are interested in both existing work and in piloting new approaches and partnerships.
  • Proposals can be made by single applicants; however, partnership proposals will be prioritised.
  • You are welcome to include collaborations with government organisations (noting they will not fund government agencies).
  • They encourage religious organisations to work in partnership with other agencies to deliver mental health support, but they will not fund activities which evangelise (the practice of preaching or spreading religious beliefs) or proselytise (the practice of trying to convert people to one’s own belief or religious views).
Further information
  • Applications for Stage 1 are open until 28 June 2019
  • Shortlisted applicants will then have until 13 September to submit their Stage 2 applications.
  • Decisions will be made by end of January 2020.
  • Find out more information and apply here.