Mental Health Community Grants – open until 9 December 2020

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Funding and Fundraising
We are pleased to announce this new funding to deliver early help and wellbeing support for Black and Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) communities within Berkshire West.

The programme aims to identify voluntary sector organisations that can deliver and support BAMER groups in our communities accessing early help, support with navigating the system to access the right level of support they need to prevent mental ill health, reduce mental health stigma and promote good wellbeing. Groups can apply for a maximum of £5,000 with multiple applications.

The funding is from Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which has been awarded £20,000 as part of winter pressures planning in delivering Mental Health Urgent and Emergency Care for 2020/21. RVA is managing the grants process in partnership with Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, Involve – Wokingham and Berkshire Health NHS Foundation Trust.


The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted significant inequalities within the BAMER communities across health, social care, and social determinants of life such as loss of finances, unemployment/redundancies, social isolation including people living alone and people not being able to go out due to complexities. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a well-recognised collective spirit of communities coming together to help rebuild our social networks and support people in need in the communities. We have seen the strength in joint collaboration of health, social care and our voluntary sector partners working to deliver service integration for all.

Who can apply for this funding?

Whilst we recognise that there is an incredible voluntary and community sector and many larger groups and charities need financial support, we have specifically been awarded this sum to distribute to those groups who often do not have the same access to funding opportunities. Your organisation will need to fit the criteria outlined in the guidance notes here.

Who cannot apply
  • This funding is not available to businesses, individuals or other profit-making organisations, national organisations or branches.
  • If your group is not embedded in a local community in Reading, West Berkshire or Wokingham.
  • The main purpose of your group is to promote religion or a political party.
What can you spend the money on?

When completing your application you will be asked to list the costs of your project. You can include:

  • Staff costs.
  • Volunteer expenses.
  • Training costs for staff or volunteers, including DBS fees.
  • Equipment needed to run your activities, such as IT equipment, Zoom account, website domain costs.
  • Other costs related to running activities, such as refreshments, room hire, printing, public liability or employer’s liability insurance.
    Please do not include items you have already purchased or received other funding for. If you are unsure, please contact Herjeet to check if you can include an item.
How to apply
  • Read the guidance notes here.
  • Complete the online form here If you would prefer to use a Word version, please request this by emailing
  • You will need to submit the following with your application:
    o Last set of accounts.
    o Copy of your bank statement for your group.
Support with your application

If you need help with applying or have any questions about this funding, please contact Herjeet Randhawa, RVA Advice Manager on or telephone our main number on 0118 937 3720. One-to-one support is available to all small community groups in Reading for support with this application and a meeting can be set up via telephone or Zoom.

  • Deadline for applying: 9 December  2020
  • Decisions made by the panel and successful applicants notified by 14 December 2020.
  • Project to be completed by 31 March 2021.