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Baring Foundation - Arts and Mental Health Programme

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Grants are available for established organisations in the UK that focus solely on offering creative opportunities to people of any age living with mental health problems, using the skills of professionally trained artists.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Baring Foundation

Maximum value:


Application deadline:



The Baring Foundation has launched a long-term funding programme in 2020 that aims to strengthen the creative opportunities available for people with mental health problems in the UK. The Foundation is now accepting applications for the first funding round of this programme which focusses on supporting specialist organisations with unrestricted grants. During future funding rounds the Foundation is planning to broaden the focus of the programme.

Objectives of Fund

The funding is intended for specialist organisations that solely focus on offering creative opportunities to people with mental health problems, working with professionally trained artists.

Value Notes

Organisations do not need to apply for a specific amount of funding. The Foundation expects to be making grants of between £12,000 and £15,000. The final grant awarded will depend on the level of demand.

A total of £900,000 will be awarded during the 2020 funding round.

Who Can Apply

Established organisations operating in the UK can apply, including registered charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs).

To be eligible organisations must:

  • Have been operating for at least two years.

  • Have audited accounts for at least the last year.


United Kingdom


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Organisations which offer creative opportunities to people with mental health problems as one part of a broader offer.

  • Organisations which do not have a safeguarding policy.

  • Art therapy.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding will be awarded as one-off and unrestricted grants.

The work of an organisation must meet the following criteria to be eligible for funding:

  • The organisation must be able to evidence that it only concerns itself with work relating to creativity with people, including children and young people, with mental health problems.

  • Offering creative opportunities using the skills of professionally trained artists: The Foundation defines creativity broadly, as the use of all art forms. This includes, for example, specialist mental health museums that employ creative practices. The Foundation will retain for this funding call its long-standing approach of funding participatory arts, in which a trained artist (in any art form) facilitates the creativity of people without that form of training. Organisations need to demonstrate that their work uses this approach.

  • Working with people living with mental health problems: Organisations need to be able to demonstrate that they work solely with people experiencing mental health problems. The Foundation understands “mental health problems” to cover psychoses, Common Mental Health Disorders and addictions. This includes self-diagnosis as well as those in contact with mental health services. It does not include learning disabilities or neurological issues such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder in themselves, though the Foundation recognises that people with these conditions can also have mental health problems.

How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 18 August 2020 (12 noon). Organisations will receive a decision on their application by mid-September.

To apply for funding organisations need to submit:

  • The completed grant application form.

  • An expression of interest in 1,250 words or less.

  • Their most up-to-date safeguarding policy.

The application form and guidelines are available on the website of the Baring Foundation.

Useful documents & links

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. David Cutler
    Baring Foundation
    60 London Wall
    EC2M 5TQ
    Email: [email protected]

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