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Cameron Grants for Innovation in Mental Health

14 January 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Seed funding grants are available for UK based charities and other not-for-profit groups and organisations to trial new and innovative ways to support people in the UK who are suffering with poor mental health.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Cameron Grant Memorial Trust

Maximum value:

£ 2,500

Application deadline:

None specified


The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust was founded in 2014 by Evan, Carol and Alastair Grant, whose son and brother Cameron took his own life aged 21 after silently suffering with depression for many years.

The Charity was founded in his memory to ‘help the preservation and protection of good mental health, particularly in young people’ and has successfully instigated a number of initiatives to help ‘spread the word’ amongst its target audiences. The charity is small, run entirely by volunteers and receives no Government funding. It is based in Hampton-in-Arden, West Midlands.

Objectives of Fund

The Charitable Objects of the trust include:

  • Raising awareness of young suicide

  • Urging all who are suffering in silence to speak up and ask for help.

  • Supporting all who are fighting to overcome poor mental health, especially young people, and especially where this can be done through outdoor activities like hillwalking and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

  • Assisting in the provision of education and support that will help to increase awareness and knowledge of the issues around mental health and well-being for all and especially amongst young people

Value Notes

Grants of between £100 and £2,500 are available.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from individuals; charities; social enterprises, community interest companies; schools; colleges; universities; pre-registration start-ups; voluntary groups; community groups and other not-for-profit entities based in the UK.




The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Ongoing operational expenses.

  • Salaries.

  • Companies that are aimed at generating profits for private distribution.

Eligible Expenditure

The grants can be used to trial a new service, create an asset, a technology, a performance, fund research, or otherwise experiment in any way that supports mental health. The emphasis will be on innovation – using new methods, channels, technology, ideas or approaches to reach out and effect change.

Ideas would typically fit into one of the following categories:

  • Destigmatising Mental Health

  • Reducing Barriers to Mental Health Care

  • Improving Mental Well Being

The grants are for project-based activities that demonstrate clear innovation. The innovation can involve technology though it does not have to.

As well as the funding, successful grant applicants will be offered one or two ‘coaching’ sessions with one of the trustees by phone or video call. Between them, the trustees have a wealth of experience in business, education, the public sector and mental health services, so making that formally available to candidates offers additional support and encouragement.

How To Apply

Applicants should send a brief outline of the idea and the budget being requested by email to [email protected]

There are no closing dates for applications. Applications will be reviewed by the trustees during their monthly meetings.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Cameron Grant Memorial Trust
    23 Belle Vue Terrace
    Hampton In Arden
    B92 0AR
    Tel: 01675 443610
    Email: [email protected]


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