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IOW NHS Trust launches Mental Health Charitable Fund
30 November 2020

The IOW NHS Trust is launching an IOW NHS Mental Health Charitable Fund on the 1 December and is inviting applications for a share of the £193,456 grant fund from those interested in helping to support the mental health and wellbeing of people living on the Isle of Wight.

 This fund comes after a significant donation in February 2020, by the Richmond Fellowship, formerly known as The Isle of Wight Association for Mental Health, made for the purpose of assisting people whose lives are affected by poor mental health on the Isle of Wight.

 This grant fund has been developed by the Mental Health Charitable Funds Group set up by the Trust in collaboration with a number of local partners, including voluntary sector organisations, representatives from the Isle of Wight CCG and Isle of Wight Council. In addition, a separate Service User and Carer panel comprised of people who use mental health services and their carers provided advice and guidance to best reflect and address the needs of those who will benefit from the programmes and projects the grants will fund.

 Small grants of £2,000 up to a maximum of £40,000, primarily for one off projects, will be made available and awarded to projects that will directly improve the lives of people with mental health difficulties, and support the mental health of their families and carers.

 Large grants of £20,000 up to a maximum of £180,000, primarily for one off projects, will be made available and awarded to projects that will directly improve the lives of people with mental health difficulties, and support the mental health of their families and carers. Those eligible to apply for large or small grants include:

  • Registered charities
  • Constituted groups or clubs
  • Community interest companies or social enterprises and those who can demonstrate they can meet the criteria, this includes individual who will be able to apply for small grants.

 This grant fund is also open to applications from NHS organisations, provided they can demonstrate that the grant will be used to pay for additional items or a service that falls outside what would be expected to be provided under the statutory role and responsibility, and may not be purchased in the normal course of business.

 Both larger and smaller grants will be awarded via the panel of individuals on the Mental Health Charitable Funds Group acting on the advice of the Service User and Carer panel.  This approach aims to encourage a diverse range of applications and to enable both more established and to perhaps see the introduction of brand new ideas that will benefit people with mental health distress and their families and carers who live on the Isle of Wight.

 The judging panel is comprised of the Mental Health Charitable Funds Group and the Service User and Carer panel, with the smaller grant applications evaluated by the judging panel and allocated by the end of February 2021. The larger grant applications will be evaluated by the panel and then shortlisted to present to the judging panel in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ format, where applicants will get the chance to share their project and answer any questions. The ‘Dragon’s Den’ rounds will commence in the first half of March 2021.

 Dr. Lesley Stevens, Director of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at the trust said:

 “We are delighted to have worked closely with several partners and organisations and most importantly with service users and their carers to arrive at how best to use these funds, generously donated by Richmond Fellowship. This money will go a long way towards helping those people who are struggling with their mental health, especially at a time where many are facing extra strain because of the impact of this pandemic.

 “So, whether you are a charity or a local community group offering tailored activities and expert support or a group of health professionals striving to provide the best possible service, we encourage you to apply for these grants that will provide much-needed funding for those who interested in delivering a programme to support and promote mental health and wellbeing for people who live in our communities on the Island.”

We are working on updating our application forms for an improved application process, we anticipate this pause will lead to an extension to the submission date, previously noted as 21 Jan 2021. For more information about the IOW NHS Mental Health Charitable Fund and to access the application documents, please visit our website week commencing 25 January 2021. In the meantime, please register your interest by emailing  and we will get back to you as soon as the updated application documents are available.

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