Pilgrim Trust’s Young Women’s Mental Health Grant Programme Opens for Bids 1 June

Funding for projects to improve the mental health of young women aged 16 to 25 years old in Northern Ireland or North of England.

Last year, the Pilgrim Trust set up the five-year £5 million Young Women’s Mental Health funding programme to improve the mental health of young women through increasing their access to high quality, age and gender specific mental health provision. The first year focused on projects in Northern Ireland or Greater Manchester.

In 2022, applications will be accepted from registered or exempt UK charities with an annual income of between £100,000 and £1 million, have been operating for at least three years and whose work or project is located in North East England, North West England or any part of Northern Ireland.

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be able to demonstrate all of the following:

  • A track record of working with young women aged 16-25 years old.
  • A track record of delivering mental health services including those that are trauma informed.
  • Offer wrap-around support (in-house or through partnerships and referral pathways) that meets the holistic and practical needs of young women.
  • Provide safe, women-only services and/or spaces that are accessible and welcoming to young women.
  • Involve those with lived experience in the design of their services. This goes beyond consultation and takes a more collaborative approach.
  • Have staff and trustees that are representative of the communities that they work with.
  • Develop and share learning with their peers.
  • Have an impact that reaches beyond immediate beneficiaries of the work.

Grants of £60,000 to £90,000 spread across three years are available to support project delivery costs and core costs (eg, salaries or general running costs). It is expected that between 10 to 12 projects will be supported.

The 2022 guidelines are available now on the Trust’s website. Groups that want further details can register on eventbrite for a free ‘Meet the Funder’ online event taking place on 8 June 2022 (11:00 to 11:45am).

To apply for funding, charities must first book a telephone conversation with the Trust’s Grants Manager to discuss their potential application. An application form will only be sent after this conversation has taken place.

The ‘book a conversation’ form will be available from 1 June to 29 July 2022.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)