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Brook’s small grants programme

Supporting charities who specialise in improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

We believe there is an intrinsic link between positive mental health, positive sexual health and healthy relationships. That’s why Brook is distributing £50,000 to small and medium sized charities who specialise in improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

In our Life Under Lockdown survey (2020), more than 70% of respondents reported a decline in their mental health, and over half said that relationships with their family had become more difficult during the pandemic.

We are witnessing the decline in young people’s mental health first-hand. We regularly see young people in unhealthy and dangerous relationships, those who are at risk of exploitation and young people who are self-harming or at risk of suicide.

We also know that referrals to child and adolescent mental health services were at a record high in March 2021 but  fewer than one in three young people with a mental health condition can access the NHS care and treatment they need.


Aim of Brook’s Small Grant Programme

Through Brook’s Small Grants Programme, we are distributing £50,000 to small and medium sized charities who specialise in improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people. We will provide grants between £2,500 and £10,000 each.

The types of outcomes we are seeking to support through this grant funding include, but are not limited to: 

  • Reducing the risk of suicide amongst young people 
  • Supporting young people with eating disorders  
  • Supporting young people who self-harm 
  • Providing opportunities for young people to participate in projects that improve mental wellbeing 
  • Improving the confidence and knowledge of professionals and parents/carers to recognise young people’s needs and signpost to additional support 
View funding criteria
  • All applicants must be a UK registered charity or charitable incorporated organisation.
  • Funding is available to support small and medium sized charities with an annual turnover of under £1 million. 
  • Funding must be used for projects working with young people up to age of 25 years.  
  • Funding must be used for projects delivered in England and/or Wales. 
  • Grant funding will be for projects lasting between 6 and 12 months; all projects must commence delivery before 31 March 2022. 
  • We cannot provide retrospective funding for any activities that have already taken place.
  • This funding cannot be used for capital expenditure. 
  • Grants cannot be used for any political or religious activities. 
  • Grants cannot be used to fund support for individuals. 
  • Grants can be used as match funding for work already taking place (as long as the funding provided by Brook is not spent on project costs until after the grant is awarded).  
  • Please ensure your budget is a full cost recovery budget and covers all costs associated with the delivery of the project.
  • You will be required to submit a copy of your last audited accounts with your application. 
  • If your application is successful, you will be asked to provide the details of two referees, one of which must be from an organisation who has previously funded your organisation. 
  • If you have any questions about the criteria, please see our FAQs or email smallgrantsprogramme@brook.org.uk

Application Process 

  • Please complete the online application form in full and ensure you answer all questions; incomplete application forms will not be accepted. We have provided a Word document with the application questions below that you can use to help formulate your responses, but only online applications will be accepted.
  • Please ensure you complete the online application form by midday on 10 January 2022.
  • Late applications will not be accepted, and we cannot accept postal applications.
  • Grant requests must be for a minimum of £2,500 and maximum of £10,000.
  • All applications will be evaluated by a panel of Brook staff, trustees and young people.
  • All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 31 January 2022.
  • We will be unable to provide specific feedback to unsuccessful applicants.
  • If you have any questions about the process, please see our FAQs or email smallgrantsprogramme@brook.org.uk 

View and download the programme overview (pdf)

Download the application questions (Word document)

View application & grant schedule
  • Applications open 10 December 2021  
  • Applications close midday 10 January 2022 
  • Final shortlisting of applications: 24-28 January 2022 
  • Successful applicants notified: 31 January 2022 
  • All projects to commence before 31 March 2022 
  • All projects must be completed by 31 March 2023 

If you have any questions about the schedule please see our FAQs or email smallgrantsprogramme@brook.org.uk

If you are awarded a grant

  • Your grant will be paid in three instalments, the first payment will be made on receipt of relevant grant paperwork. The final payment will be made on submission of your financial and evaluation report. If you do not complete your project or spend all the funds allocated, you will be expected to repay any unspent funds.
  • You will be required to submit quarterly progress reports and a final project evaluation report, alongside robust financial reporting on project spend.
  • You will be required to reference Brook as the project funder in all related project resources and promotional materials. Brook will provide brand guidelines.
  • Brook may publish information about the grant you have been awarded and the project you are delivering, and you may be asked to provide anonymised case studies from young people or blog posts to promote the Brook Small Grants Programme.

FAQs

What are the grants for?

The grants are for small and medium sized charities who specialise in improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people. Funding must be used for projects working with young people up to age of 25 years, in England and / or Wales. Grant funding will be for projects lasting between 6 and 12 months; all projects must commence delivery before 31 March 2022.

View small grant aims and funding criteria

When is the deadline for application?

Please ensure you complete the online application form by midday on 10 January 2022. Late applications will not be accepted, and we cannot accept postal applications.

How much can I apply for?

Grant requests must be for a minimum of £2,500 and maximum of £10,000.

What can I use the money for?

The types of outcomes we are seeking to support through this grant funding include, but are not limited to: 

  • Reducing the risk of suicide amongst young people 
  • Supporting young people with eating disorders  
  • Supporting young people who self-harm 
  • Providing opportunities for young people to participate in projects that improve mental wellbeing 
  • Improving the confidence and knowledge of professionals and parents/carers to recognise young people’s needs and signpost to additional support 

Grants can be used as match funding for work already taking place (as long as the funding provided by Brook is not spent on project costs until after the grant is awarded).

What can’t I apply for?

We cannot provide retrospective funding for any activities that have already taken place. 

This funding cannot be used for capital expenditure. 

Grants cannot be used for any political or religious activities. 

Grants cannot be used to fund support for individuals. 

Can anyone apply?

All applicants must be a UK registered charity or charitable incorporated organisation.

Funding is available to support small and medium sized charities with an annual turnover of under £1 million.

Funding must be used for projects working with young people up to the age of 25 years.

Funding must be used for projects delivered in England and/or Wales.

When will I hear if my application is successful?

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 31 January 2022.

If I am successful, what do I need to do?

If your application is successful, you will be asked to provide the details of two referees, one of which must be from an organisation who has previously funded your organisation. 

See also: If you are awarded a grant.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any further questions, please email smallgrantsprogramme@brook.org.uk

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