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2017 Year of mental Health Fund
Berkshire Community Foundation invited local community groups to apply for funding for projects addressing the effects of mental health issues within Berkshire.

The 2017 Year of Mental Health is a community led and organised initiative which aims to help reduce stigma about mental health and raise vital funds to improve local opportunities. Berkshire Community Foundation has partnered with Brighter Berkshire to raise £200,000 to fund local projects / voluntary organisations supporting those with mental health issues.


This fund is now closed for applications.

Shortlisted groups will be notified in January 2018 about presenting their project to a BCF panel on 7 March 2018.  Applications not shortlisted for the ‘showcase event’ may be considered under alternative funding streams.

The 2017 Year of Mental Health funding is for local community groups working to address the effects of mental health issues across Berkshire and applicants need to demonstrate how they would address these in their proposals.

Priority will be given to:

  • Organisations/projects supporting vulnerable people of any age.
  • Organisations/projects with innovative approaches, responding to a defined need.
  • Organisations/projects which have clearly identified the objectives for the project to address the need.
  • Organisations which can demonstrate ability to manage a substantial grant, particularly for larger awards.
We do not fund:

  • medical research or equipment.
  • sponsorship.
  • individuals.
  • organisations primarily concerned with conservation of plants or animal welfare.
  • building improvements/projects or capital appeals (unless flood damaged).
  • overseas travel/expeditions.
  • promotion of religious or political causes.
  • statutory work (in educational institutions or replacing statutory funding).
  • capital funding.
  • projects benefiting those outside the county.
  • retrospective funding.
  • organisations that are regional or national charities.
  • organisations that have substantial unrestricted funds.
  • All Expression of Interests and Application Forms must be submitted online along with the requested documents (Constitution, Accounts, and appropriate Policies e.g. safeguarding).
  • Projects must be for charitable purposes.
  • If successful, feedback on a grant awarded will need to be returned to the Foundation.

Please note:  With limited resources, there is no guarantee of funding being forthcoming in every case.  The decisions of the BCF Panel are final. 

Week commencing 15 January 2018 – Successful groups notified regarding presenting their project at the Showcase Event

21 February 2018 – Deadline to submit electronic presentation to BCF

7 March 2018 – Showcase Event

Shortlisted applicants will be notified in the week commencing 15 January 2018 and will be offered the services of a mentor to help with preparation for their presentation.

Applicants will be asked to deliver a short presentation following which there will be a brief question and answer session, before the Panel announces the grants to be awarded.