Strengthening Communities – The Henry Smith Charity

The Strengthening Communities grant programme is designed to support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level. Through this grant programme The Henry Smith Charity want to make sure that their funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty.

The Henry Smith Charity fund established organisations with a track record of delivering services directly to beneficiaries. They are looking for organisations that are embedded within their communities and are addressing local needs.

The Henry Smith Charity want to fund work that enables:

  • People from across the community to participate in activities which improve connectedness, opportunities and wellbeing
  • People who are excluded, vulnerable or facing other forms of hardship to have access to community-based services that support positive lasting change
  • A stronger, active, more engaged community

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Henry Smith Charity

New £15 million grant scheme to improve mental health care

The Beyond Places of Safety fund will focus on improving urgent mental health care in local areas.

The Department of Health has launched a £15 million fund to better support people at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Beyond Places of Safety scheme will improve support services for those needing urgent and emergency mental healthcare. This includes conditions such as psychosis, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders that could cause people to be a risk to themselves or others.

The Beyond Places of Safety scheme will focus on:

  • preventing people from reaching crisis point in the first place
  • helping to develop new approaches to support people who experience a mental health crisis

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, said:

As part of the government’s commitment to improving mental health throughout society, we are determined to go further to help people who are experiencing a crisis or feel they are approaching one.

We want make sure that therapeutic and empathetic support is in place to stop people falling ill, support them through crisis and help them recover.

Jackie Doyle-Price, Minister for Mental Health said:

There can be few experiences more frightening and disorientating than mental health crisis, and I commend the teams already providing brilliant support with help from our previous grant scheme.

This additional funding will give local areas scope to do even more, and I look forward to seeing lots of innovative ideas for improving urgent and emergency mental healthcare across the country.

The launch of the Beyond Places of Safety fund follows a £15 million investment in the Improving Places of Safety scheme, which aims to reduce the number of people who end up in a police cell following detention under the Mental Health Act.

Mental Health Care

Knife Crime Community Fund

Apply by 31 October 2017 for funding to stop knife crime in your community.

The Environment Now – O2 Think Big

The Environment Now programme is funded by O2 and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and is part of the Our Bright Future programme. It is managed by the National Youth Agency.

  • Are you passionate about the environment and making a positive impact?
  • Can you see digital technology making a better future?
  • Have you got the entrepreneurial drive and innovation to make a difference?

If your answer is YES, and you’re aged 17-24 then you can apply for up to £10,000 and take The Environment Now challenge.

In return, you will be offered mentoring, work experience and insight days with industry professionals to help you bring your idea to life.

Your The Environment Now project must:

  1. Have a designated project leader that is aged between 17-24. The programme is specifically aimed at young people and the project team must reflect this.
  2. Have a positive and measurable environmental impact in areas such as; energy efficiency or waste and recycling.
  3. Use digital technology to solve an environmental issue, this could include, but is not limited to:
    • Using digital skills and/or digital connectivity
    • The use of pre-existing technologies and digital platforms
    • Using digital research and data management
  4. Be based within the UK; although it could have wider benefits.
  5. Have realistic and achievable objectives within the available funding and timeframe.
  6. Have sustainable values, considering your projects impact on the environment and local community.
  7. Not pay for team salaries, accommodation rent, social trips or any personal expenses that aren’t related to your project.
  8. Not support or endorse political parties, religious organisations and extreme activist groups.
  9. Not be part of an existing project or charity just requiring additional funding to continuing its existing work with no new elements.
  10. Not require additional funding to complete your The Environment Now project objectives.

To find out more information and to apply for this fund please click here

The Environment Now

Try for Change: Large Grants Programme – Comic Relief

Sport can have a significant and measurable impact on people’s lives. Recognising the positive impact rugby union and its values can have on individuals and communities, Comic Relief and England Rugby are working in partnership to deliver the Try for Change Fund.

Try for Change

In 2016, England Rugby partnered with Sport Relief to launch the Try for Change Fund which is a fully managed fund by Comic Relief. Try for Change uses the power of rugby union to improve and support the lives of disadvantaged people in England and around the world. Over four years, £4 million will be raised by England Rugby and distributed in partnership with Comic Relief though the Try for Change Fund to projects using rugby for social change.

Through the large grants programme, they are looking to fund projects which will have a significant and lasting impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in England. Organisations which use rugby union, its values or the rugby community to tackle some of the biggest issues facing society are invited to apply for a grant of up to £100,000.

Find out more information from the Comic Relief website here

Try for Change