Emotional Health and Wellbeing Support for Children & Young People Grants

Open Grant Round

We are currently accepting applications for programmes of work that focus upon providing support for local children and young people with emotional health and wellbeing needs.

We understand that the pandemic has had a devastating impact on many children and young people’s mental health and emotional well-being, due to the unprecedented levels of trauma and uncertainty they have faced over the last 18 months. As a result, many are struggling and lacking the support they deserve to move forward positively with their lives.

In response, Sirius Minerals Foundation have launched a £440,000 grant pot, focussing upon providing longer term support for children and young people with emotional health and wellbeing needs across Scarborough Borough, the North York Moors National Park and Redcar and Cleveland.

Through these funded programmes of work, we’d like to help children and young people to develop the tools they need to improve their ability to cope with all they have faced and with their ongoing daily challenges.

We’d like to hear from experienced organisations who are passionate about supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Single organisations can apply for grants of between £30,000 and £75,000. We also welcome multiple organisations applying in partnership for a greater amount of funding. If you are planning on submitting an application of this type, please contact us first for a discussion.

Types of activity we would like to fund

  • Structured programmes of targeted support with a specific focus upon tackling signs of anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm and suicidal ideation.
  • Projects which include whole family approaches, seeking to build family resilience and trusted relationships.
  • Specialist bereavement support projects seeking to provide help for children and young people who have suffered loss and need support to develop positive techniques for coping with their grief.
  • Activity that focuses upon early intervention and prevention to stop mental health problems from becoming embedded.
  • Projects that reflect how the youth voice has been included in shaping and co-designing activities.
  • Projects that acknowledge rural isolation and the particular constraints placed on young people and their families due to living in remote locations.

We would like to avoid funding proposals where the majority of the funding is to pay for stand-alone, short-term recreational activities, family outings or residentials. Although we recognise the value of these activities in improving mental wellbeing, this grant round is more about funding projects that offer a longer-term programme of specialist support to enable mental health professionals to build trusted relationships over a sustained period of time.

Successful grantees will be invited to work alongside our learning partner individually and as a community of practice, to capture individual and family changes that happen during and beyond the lifetime of the programme.


How to apply

  • This grant round will close at12pm on Monday 24th January 2022. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by early March. Funds must be spent by end of March 2024.
  • Please read the detailed grant guidance notes before applying, for information on eligibility criteria and application guidance.
  • If you would like to make an application, please download an application form.
  • The helpful reading listreferred to in the grant guidance notes is here.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation to have an informal chat to discuss their application if they are not sure it fits the criteria for this funding round or if you have any questions.

Call Leah Swain on07724 832982 or email grants@siriusmineralsfoundation.co.uk.

If you need support to develop your project idea or write an application then please get in touch with your local support organisations below.

For organisations in Scarborough Borough and the North York Moors National Park:

Community First Yorkshire

01904 704177 or communitysupport@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk

For organisations in Redcar and Cleveland:

Redcar & Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency (RCVDA)

01642 440571 or enquiries@rcvda.org.uk


The Sirius Minerals Foundation is a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
Charity number: 1163127