Bridging the Gaps: Strengthening Mental Health Support for Children and Young People

Comic Relief are seeking proposals from those working on providing mental health support to children and young people at an early stage so that they are aware of their mental health and can build resilience as they grow and develop.

Comic Relief would like to fund proposals that are particularly focusing on vulnerable children and young people from groups underserved by current services, because it’s believed that services should be inclusive and support those most in need. Comic Relief are particularly interested in (and will prioritise funding for) proposals that place partnership working at the heart of the bid.

Proposals should be working on two or more of the following areas:
• tackling stigma and discrimination
• increasing access to quality service provision
• strategic / systemic changes at local and/or national level

This funding opportunity aims to support vulnerable children and young people from underserved groups within the following age ranges:
• 5 to 24 years in the UK
• 5 to 30 years in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia (we are applying a later age limited in these countries than the UK to take into consideration the different age definitions for young people, and the engagement of young people in education at an older age in these countries)

This will mean that children and young people are supported at an early age and through critical stages of their development and growth and will also help to prevent severe mental health problems later in life.

Funding is available for a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 5 years. Comic Relief will fund investments from £150,000 up to £700,000.

For further information and to apply, visit: www.comicrelief.com/funding/current-opportunities/bridging-gaps-strengthening-mental-health-support-children-and-young-people

There is a two-stage application process:
The deadline for first stage applications is Friday 28 June 2019, 12noon
If your application is shortlisted you will be given a further 3 weeks to submit a full proposal, and the Stage 2 deadline is Friday 13 September 2019, 12noon

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