This round of funding will focus on children and young people’s mental health and aims to:

Expand and evaluate already successful innovative projects that:

  • Adopt community and person-centred approaches to improving the mental health of children and young people aged 0-25 years;
  • Particularly support children and young people through life changing events;
  • Have strong local connections already in place;
  • Are delivered by the VCSE sector;
  • Are co-produced with service users and stakeholders; and
  • Promote equalities and reduce health inequalities.

The expansion of projects should enable the testing of a new approach within an existing project to reach a different audience (either age range or demographic). The Fund cannot be used to support geographical extensions. The evaluation relates to the expansion element of the project only. At least 5% of the project budget should be allocated for this. The fund will grant fund projects for a period of three years. A total sum of up to £510,000 is available per applicant. Match funding from a statutory partner, e.g. Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP), Local Authority (LA), must be secured. A series of webinars are running end of November and December. The deadline for applications is Friday 15th February 2019 at 12 noon. For more details on the fund and the webinars please visit the Govt. website