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Heads Up Mental Health Fund (Round 2)

YCF seeks to fund projects that will achieve at least one of the following objectives:

  1. Support children and young people's mental health wellbeing remotely or to comply with government guidelines. This could include peer to peer support, mentoring, positive activities (including online) that keep young people connected and create a safe space to share, learn and have fun.
  2. Support children and young people’s mental wellbeing to deal with transitions positively (i.e. transitioning from primary to secondary school, transitioning from school to further/higher education and transitioning from/to employment and training).
  3. Set up and/or build on organisational systems that support youth work practitioners’ mental health and wellbeing. This could include, but is not limited to, access to professional or self-help support, regular debrief meetings to talk about worries or anxieties caused by work, meetings to discuss coping mechanisms, opportunities to participate in community activities (observing social distancing) and free psychologist or occupational therapy sessions.
  4. Help youth work practitioners to acquire or expand their knowledge and skills to recognise mental health issues in young people and children and identify appropriate referral pathways.
  5. Collaborate and partner with existing projects and organisations to enhance or grow an organisations’ mental health-wellbeing offer for young people and children and/or staff (see list of resources below).


How much can you apply for?
YCF will award YCF members grants between £1,000 and £5,000 based on the strength of their applications.


The deadline for applications will be 25th January 2021.

Please read the full guidance and eligibility criteria documents before you apply. Guidance and application form can be found on the left hand side of the screen.