Grants are available to user-led organisations and small unconstituted community groups in England for activities that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
The Department of Health and Social Care is providing funding for mental health organisations in England through the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF). As part of this funding programme, the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) is administering a smaller fund to support user-led organisations (ULOs) and smaller, unconstituted community groups in England that are not eligible for funding through the main programme of the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF).
Objectives of Fund
The funding is intended for community action, peer support, mutual aid and other activities that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
Grants of up to £1,000 are available. In exceptional cases, larger grants may be awarded.
Who Can Apply
Applications are accepted from organisations, collectives, or groups which may or may not be constituted (but are not set up as a charity or a community interest company, for example) or who otherwise are not eligible for the main Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund.
Examples of eligible groups include:
To be eligible, groups need to be members of NSUN. Membership is free for ULOs and community groups, and groups can sign up on NSUN’s website.
The funding is for providing additional mental health support or sustaining existing support using technology during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.
Examples of eligible projects/costs include:
A peer support group in the community purchasing an annual Zoom subscription to move the group online.
A local advocacy and peer support group purchasing a laptop or additional phone data to continue their support activities.
A mutual aid group, which is not currently online, creating a website to share their services.
A peer support group in the community doing a print run of COVID-19 related mental health information for their members who are not online because of fears/beliefs around technology.
Petrol costs for a local mutual aid group delivering food, essentials and recharging gas and electricity keys for local people with mental health difficulties and other health conditions who are self-isolating.
Covering DBS checks for new volunteers.
Covering the costs of a sessional facilitator/contractor for additional training to move a peer support group online.
How To Apply
The Fund is scheduled to open by the end of April 2020.
Guidelines and an application form will be available on the NSUN website once the Fund has launched.
Addresses and contacts
For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:
National Survivor User Network (NSUN)
152-160 City Road
Tel: 020 7820 8982
Email: [email protected]