Assisting an individual with severe mental illness, including a significant common mental illness (but not someone who is simply distressed by circumstances).
The purpose of Small Grants is that each award should benefit the mental health of an individual either by aiding recovery (e.g. improving housing or the home environment, enabling a healthier lifestyle, accessing educational or working opportunities) or by preventing deterioration (e.g. through relief of financial or other stress).
Applications may only be made by a person working for a statutory, voluntary or 3rd sector organisation or by a group providing care or support for the individual in need. We will not accept grant applications direct from a client, or from their family members or friends.
It is for the applicant to convince our Small Grants Committee that their client’s needs have the necessary mental illness component and that the award will contribute to recovery.
Please note that we will not consider awards relating to either “hoarding” or “pets”.
Following our decision to introduce an annual support programme for groups from 2019 (see About Us page), we will no longer consider Small Grant requests which are made on behalf of a voluntary or 3rd sector organisation or group.
- The maximum amount which may be applied for is £500
- We require a breakdown showing costs of the separate elements applied for (e.g. prices for specific white goods items) and ask applicants to consider value for money, including through “basic” ranges
- Wherever possible, we prefer to make our cheque payable to the organisation providing care or support (if it is able to make purchases on behalf of a client) or to the supplier of the goods/services
- If it is necessary for a cheque to be made payable to your client in person, we will not normally agree to an award of greater than £50 (unless we are reimbursing them for an expense which has been incurred by them with our agreement)
- We will not usually award a further grant until at least 12 months after the date of our last award (or at least 2 years if the subsequent grant is for similar assistance)
The client must live in one of the following:
- The Borough of Rushmoor
- Nearby surrounding areas – no further afield than Ash, Frimley, Tongham and Upper Hale
These limits are shown on the map below:
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How to Apply:
Please use our form on the right ⇒
Applications should contain the following information:
- Client’s name and postcode – for us to confirm eligibility
- Brief details of their mental illness:
- Diagnosis and treatment
- A brief summary of their current situation
- Reason for your request:
- Use to which the award will be put
- How this will help their recovery or prevent relapse
- Financial Details:
- Amount requested (including breakdown of costs)
- The exact name for use on our cheque (if known)*
- Any other information which you consider necessary for or helpful to us
*This information is helpful but not required at the time of application.
If you need to send documents to support an application, please tell us when completing our form.
If your application is successful, we will send you a formal award letter which includes our cheque and a Certificate of grant spending. It is a condition of our awards that you complete and return this Certificate to us as evidence that the grant has been used for the purpose for which it was awarded. Failure to return the Certificate will prevent us from awarding further grants to any of your clients.