Berkshire Community Foundation invites local community groups to apply for funding for projects addressing the effects of mental health issues within Berkshire. The 2017 Year of Mental Health is a community led and organised initiative which aims to help reduce stigma about mental health and raise vital funds to improve local opportunities. Berkshire Community Foundation has partnered with Brighter Berkshire to raise £200,000 to fund local projects / voluntary organisations supporting those with mental health issues.
The 2017 Year of Mental Health funding round will be open to applications from 22 September to 30 October 2017, 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.