About The Fund
Area: Oldham, Hull, North West Northern Ireland, or the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
Suitable for: Social enterprise, charity, arts organisation, or University.
Funding size: Up to £90,000.
Application deadline: 14th May 2021.
The Ideas Fund seeks to enable communities in Oldham, Hull, North West Northern Ireland, or the Highlands and Islands of Scotland to develop and try out ideas that address problems related to mental wellbeing. They want to promote diversity and inclusion by supporting great, innovative ideas that focus on improving mental wellbeing – particularly in rural or minority ethnic communities or amongst young, marginalised or socioeconomically disadvantaged people who have been overlooked in the past.
There are two levels of funding available, depending on the stage your idea is at. Grants of up to £25,000 will be awarded to help develop ideas that are at a very early stage. Larger grants of around £90,000 will be awarded to support, adapt and expand ideas that have already been developed and tested.
An early stage idea are projects that are small in scale, involving the development of an idea or concept, testing it for the first time, or trialling it with a new group of people or in a new location. The likely length of a project for an early stage idea is six to nine months.
Developed ideas are projects which have already been tested on a small scale and be ready for further testing or expansion across different audiences based on what was learned from previous pilots. The likely length of a project for a developed idea is 12-18 months.
In addition to giving grants, the fund will help communities tackle the problems that matter to them by connecting them with research professionals so they can work together to bring their ideas to life and both build new skills and relationships.