Tuesday, 12 September 2017


Thriving Not Surviving is a new £1.75 million fund designed to provide large grants to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young men aged 11-20 with mental health problems.
Comic Relief is seeking proposals to deliver specialised mental health provision which puts the needs of young men at the heart of their work.
There is special interest in funding organisations that test out different approaches to engagement and support to establish what works.
Priority will be given to applications which:
o Have consulted and plan to co-design activities with young men to ensure their needs and interests are met effectively;
o Are working with young men from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities or those with co-occurring learning disabilities and mental health problems;
o Use activity based interventions as a tool of engagement and/or that are psychologically informed. PLEASE NOTE: applications using the arts and sports as well as social and cultural activities will be considered;
o Promote and recognise the power of peer support and positive role models and incorporate these into their interventions;  and
o Ensure activities are carried out in non-stigmatising locations.
Grants of between £100,000 and £150,000 are available for up to 3 years’ work in the UK.
It is expected that approximately 20 grants will be awarded across the UK. Match funding is welcomed.
Comic Relief expects to fund a minimum of 25% of the total costs of the proposed activities in order to ensure that they have contributed to the work in a meaningful way.
Applications will be accepted from specialist mental health and/or youth organisations with particular interest in organisations that are based in the community in which they work. Partnership bids are encouraged.
Only one proposal per applicant may be submitted.
Proposals will be accepted until 12 noon on Friday 13 October 2017 with shortlisted proposals progressing to a final assessment.
Notification of decisions will be made in March 2018.
Applicants are required to use the online application and grant management system which is available on the Comic Relief website (see link below)..
For further information about Thriving Not Surviving, visit the Comic Relief website.
Contact details for the Fund are:
The Grants Team
Comic Relief
89 Albert Embankment
Tel: 020 7820 2000
(Source: GRIN)

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