Micro grants to support mental wellbeing

This grants round will close on Friday 19th August 2022 at 16:00.

Purpose

Grants from £100 - £750 are available for VCSE organisations to run activities that will support people from the communities of identity or experience below that may struggle to achieve higher levels of mental wellbeing. 

The communities we want to reach are:

  • Carers

  • People from BAME communities

  • People living with long term physical or mental health conditions

  • People who identify as LGBTQ+

  • Disabled people

  • Military veterans

  • People who are unemployed

  • ​Socially isolated older people

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing

We are looking for activities that will support people to maintain or raise their levels of mental wellbeing using the principles of The New Economics Foundation’s “Five Ways to Wellbeing”. The 5 Ways to Wellbeing include five different areas of activity, that evidence shows, people need to be doing to achieve higher levels of mental wellbeing; be active, notice, connect, give and learn.

More information about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing can be found here.

Fundable activities

We are looking to fund applications that support people to participate in at least two of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. 

The grants can be used for a variety of purposes which could include; equipment, online solutions, printing, distribution, staff-time and facilitators. We would expect that applications will reflect good value for money.

We would expect that activities will be delivered by the end of January 2023.

We aim to communicate decisions to applicants within three weeks of submission. 

Eligibility

For your organisation to be eligible to apply: 

  • You must be a constituted Voluntary, Community or Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisation operating in Greater Manchester for the benefit of Greater Manchester residents (also includes Glossop). 
    Applications from CIC’s will be accepted if they have a minimum of three directors, a membership and an asset lock with a specified organisation named.
    Applications from Companies limited by guarantee will need a minimum of three directors, and within their Articles of Association a statement about their purpose and social impact, a not for profit clause, a director remuneration clause as well as a clause stating that assets will be distributed to another not-for-profit organisation fulfilling similar objects if they dissolve.

  • You must have a bank account requiring two signatures in the name of your organisation.

  • Your organisation`s income must not have exceeded £50,000 in its most recent full financial year. 

  • Have a Safeguarding Policy which includes DBS checks if you work with children under 18 and/or vulnerable adults.

  • You must be willing to commit to monitoring the project (guidance will be provided) and tell us about it.

For your project idea to be eligible: 

  • The project proposed must benefit one of the following communities:

    • Carers

    • People from BAME communities

    • People living with long term physical or mental health conditions

    • People who identify as LGBTQ+

    • Disabled people

    • Military veterans

    • People who are unemployed

    • ​Socially isolated older people

  • Participants of the proposed project must be residents of Greater Manchester (including Glossop). 

  • The project must be delivered by 31st January 2023.

Criteria

To be successful and get funding for your proposed project you will need to:

  • Tell us what the project is, including how, when and where the project would be delivered.

  • Tell us how many people are expected to take part and explain how their participation would be encouraged.

  • Explain how your project would help people do at least two of the following things:

    • Be active - Take part in physical activity they enjoy and makes them feel good.

    • Notice - Be aware of the world around them and what they are feeling. 

    • Connect - Build supportive relations and connections with others.

    • Give - Give something to others: volunteer, join community groups and carry out small acts of kindness. 

    • Learn - Try something new, or rediscover an old interest, that makes people feel more confident as well as being fun.

  • Describe your past experience of working with the community/ies that would participate in your project.

  • Tell us how much the project will cost and provide an itemised breakdown that relates to the proposed activity.

How to apply

If you have not previously registered with GMCVO for a grant please click the 'Register' button below to create an account.

Once your account has been created please click the 'Apply' button below.

If you would prefer to apply by submitting a video or conducting an online interview then please contact mentalwellbeing@gmcvo.org.uk for further details.

This grants round will close on Friday 19th August 2022 at 16:00.

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