Mental health investment fund information

The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Investment Fund (MHIF) is a resource to enable the delivery of community-based, prevention and early mental health support for children and young people.

Overview

We would like to hear from you if you are a voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) organisation who would like to apply for funding to support one or more of the following:

  1. Tackling self-harm amongst children and young people.
  2. A social prescribing service for children and young people who require support with their mental health and wellbeing.
  3. Outreach into schools to support children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing to support emotional based school non-attendance (EBSNA).

We are looking for proposals from VCSE organisations who would like to work with each other to ensure the right early help and resources are available to support the mental health, wellbeing and resilience among children and young people.

Funding of a non-recurrent £203,020 is available for projects across Guildford and Waverley place-based partnership boundary (see Guildford and Waverley place-based partnership geographical boundary map).Please note the place-based boundary does not include Ash and Farnham.

This is a non-recurrent one-off funding which can be used to deliver projects up to two years from allocation of funding.

No minimum or maximum limits have been applied and all applications will be review based on the proposed project and outcomes.

We would like projects to be mobilised as soon as possible so that young people can start to benefit from this funding.

All applications should work towards achieving Priority Two of the Surrey Health and Wellbeing Strategy with a particular focus on children, young people and families.

This priority area is focused on prevention, removing barriers, and supporting people to become proactive in improving their emotional health and wellbeing.

There are 3 key neighbourhoods within the Guildford and Waverley place footprint where residents face more challenges than other areas. 

The key neighbourhoods are within Westborough, Bellfields and Slyfield and Godalming Central and Ockford. The areas covered by the project should include, but not limited to one or more of the key neighbourhoods across Guildford and Waverley place.

Local context

The Guildford and Waverley Health and Care Alliance is an alliance of local partners including the NHS, local Councils, health and care providers and the VCSE sector. We support a population of approximately 68,000 children and young people.

Some of the key issues for children and young people that have been identified locally are high levels of anxiety and stress, including school based emotional avoidance, neurodevelopmental needs, self-harm and eating disorders, and antisocial behaviour.

Some areas across Guildford and Waverley have higher rates of hospital admissions for intentional self-harm than national. With a high proportion of these admissions being for children and young people aged 15-19.  

The wards of concern are Milford, Haslemere East, Godalming Binscombe, Godalming Central and Ockford, Send, Lovelace, Bellfield and Slyfield, Normandy, Friary and St Nicolas, Westborough and Worplesdon. View local health, public health data.

Timeline

  • 2nd April 2024: Expression of interest applications open
  • By 19th April 2024 (deadline 4pm): Expression of interest (EOI) to be submitted via the expressions of interest form [docx] 63KB
  • 29th April 2024: Notification of succesful EOI will be provided via email to the contact provided on the application
  • 30th April 2024: Full bid applications open to those who are eligible to apply
  • By 10th May 2024 (deadline 4pm): Deadline for full bid to be submitted via a form which will be emailed to successful EOI submissions. We welcome early submissions.
  • 10th June 2024: Organisations will be informed of the outcome of their application.

 

Reporting

Successful applicants will be expected to report on outcomes and progress at 6 monthly stages, in a format mutually agreed after the application outcome has been communicated.

Frequently asked questions

What can you apply for?

The funding does not form part of the capital allocation and is only available as revenue. Any costs associated with mobilising and delivering the project / service can be applied for. For example, cost for staffing, room hire, organising/hosting events, social media presence etc. 

Do applicants need any match funding or will projects be fully funded?

The funding can be used to fully fund a project and does not require match funding.

Will the fund support existing projects or new or both?

The funding can be used for existing and new projects.

What type of organisation can apply?

This funding is available to not-for-profit organisations working in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. We are unable to fund statutory organisations such as schools and councils.

Geographical restrictions around applications

If my project is in Ash but also covers other areas across Guildford / if my project is in Farnham but also covers areas across Waverley, can I still apply?

The place-based boundary does not include Ash and Farnham.  However, if your proposal predominantly delivers in areas of the Guildford and Waverley place-based partnership but also includes some areas of Ash or Farnham, your proposal will still meet the criteria for funding.

If your proposal is for delivery in the Ash of Farnham areas only, your proposal will not meet the criteria for funding.  However, please still submit a proposal and we will work alongside partners and commissioners in these areas to see what can be achieved.

How much can I apply for?

The funding available is a non-recurrent amount of £203,020. No minimum or maximum limits have been applied and all applications will be review based on the proposed project and outcomes.

Is this a reoccurring fund?

This is non-recurrent one-off funding which can be used to deliver projects up to two years from allocation of funding.

For any further questions or clarifications please contact:

syheartlandsicb.gw-cypmhif@nhs.net

(This fund is being managed by Guildford Borough Council, Waverley Borough Council, G&W Alliance VCSE representation, Guildford and Waverley place)