Emerging Communities Grant
for Mental Health Support Groups’

What is the Emerging Communities Grant about?

The Emerging Communities Grant for Mental Health Support Groups provides grants of up to £500 towards the running costs of projects for people with mental health problems in Leeds

The Emerging Communities Grant supports groups whose main objective is to provide activities which prevent people with mental health issues from needing to access statutory services. Funding for the scheme comes from the Adult and Health department of Leeds City Council and is administered by Live Well Leeds

The scheme is managed by the Scheme Allocation Panel which has members from Adult and Health, Voluntary Sector Mental Health Services, NHS and Live Well Leeds Service Users. The Allocation Panel meets quarterly in order to make decisions on the general running of the scheme

Any individual or group that organises activities or one off events which prevent mental health issues escalating or supports people with mental health issues to better cope with their situation. The activities or events must be open access, without requiring a referral from a health or social care organisation

Applications can be made for events or activities that are:

One off events
Activity based projects
Out of hours’ projects
Self Help groups
Peer support groups
Innovative and imaginative projects
Projects which reduce the mental effects of social isolation

Examples of previously funded activities include:

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder group
Mindfulness Peer Support Group
LGBT mental health support

(Applications are welcomed from BME and LGBT communities, who are under-represented in the take up of grants)

Who cannot apply for a grant?

Groups that will only allow people to access the activity via a referral from another service
General health and well-being groups, not primarily concerned with mental health
Organisations that receive core funding to deliver mental health services

What type of costs can you apply for?

Grants will be given for running costs which are essential for the
purpose of the project such as:

  • Room Hire
  • Refreshments
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Transport, trips and holidays
  • Speakers and Facilitators
  • Equipment and materials
  • Drop in
  • Outreach

How much can you apply for?

Grants are up to a maximum of £500 in one year. If the grant is not spent within that period, any underspend must be returned

Applicants receiving a grant have to confirm receipt of the grant, and, by the end of the year, submit a report on the use of the grant and how the activity has benefited people with mental health issues. Applicants who do not report back will not be considered for further grants and may be asked to repay the grant

Individuals that apply for a group activity can nominate a third
sector organisation to hold the funding on their behalf (with
organisation’s agreement). Funding will only be paid into the
nominated account.

What will help to make an application successful?

Grant applications are more likely to be successful if:

  • The application form is completed fully, giving as much detail as possible, including actual or projected costs
  • Your group or activity is specifically for people who experience mental health issues
  • Your group or activity can show their members actively contribute by:
    – Planning and running activities
    – Making direct contributions to transport costs, holidays and trips
    – Fundraising for the group or activity

How do I get a grant application form?

You can get an application form and further information about the Emerging Communities Grant by contacting the Scheme Administrator:

Website: www.livewellleeds.org.uk

E-mail: [email protected]

Contact: Scheme Administrator. Tel no: 0113 219 2727