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.
When completing the online form, applicants must provide clear information which shows that their client has a severe mental illness (e.g. diagnosis, current issues, involvement with local mental health services etc.) and explains how an award would contribute to recovery or prevent deterioration.
Please note that we will not consider awards relating to either “hoarding” or “pets”.
Following our decision to introduce an annual Group support programme (see About Us page), we 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 plus installation charges where this service is required)
- We ask applicants to consider value for money, including through “basic” ranges
- Wherever possible, we prefer to make payment either: a) to the organisation providing care or support (if it is able to make purchases on behalf of a client); or b) to the supplier of the goods/services
- If it is necessary for payment to be made 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)
- Wherever possible, we will make electronic bank payments
- 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
The outer limits are shown (purple line) 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 full breakdown of costs)
- The name of the supplier/organisation/person to be paid*
- Any other information which you consider necessary for or helpful to us
*This enables us to tell you whether we will need any additional payment information (e.g. we already have bank details for several suppliers/organisations)
If you need to send documents to support an application, please tell us when completing our form.