The UK Youth Fund: Thriving Minds

In partnership with Julia and Hans Rausing, we’re launching The UK Youth Fund: Thriving Minds as a direct response to the growing youth mental health crisis.

Maximum value:

Objectives of Fund:

Youth workers have a pivotal role to play in supporting young people at all stages of life, including during times of crisis, and this is a vital opportunity to establish a connected approach around the crucial services that support young people’s mental health, to achieve lasting impact.

Purpose of funding:

To improve mental health support and provision for young people and youth workers. To ensure grantee organisations have the resources needed to properly engage with the UK Youth Fund – Thriving Minds programme to implement and instigate learnings to improve their mental health provision.

Who can apply

Eligible organisations:

UK based charitable and not for profit organisations with an annual income under £500,000 whose primary purpose is to benefit young people aged 8 – 25

Eligible expenditure

UK Youth in partnership with Julia & Hans Rausing are offering a 3 year unrestricted grant programme of up to £50,000 a year combined with a bespoke package of wrap-around support to improve mental health support and provision for young people and youth workers. Funding will be conditional on grantee organisations engaging in the core activities of the Thriving Minds programme and completing annual grant reports.

Whilst the funding is flexible, grantees will need to demonstrate their commitment towards the active ingredients and key outcomes of the fund as listed below:

1. Improved community support for young people experiencing mental health problems and improved preventative provision to support young people before they reach crisis point.

2. Improved best practice on ways to improve youth workers’ mental health literacy.

3. Embedding sustainable youth work practices in the youth sector and mental health sector

How to apply

In order to make an application you will need to register on our DoIT platform.

When signing up for the first time to DoIT, follow these instructions:

Step 1: Follow the instructions to apply to the fund and read the supporting documents on the following URL 

Step 2: Once you have read all the information click “Apply”.

Step 3: Create your new organisation account (or log in if you have used Do-It to apply for a previous UK Youth Fund).

Step 4: Fill in the eligibility quiz and if successful, fill in the application form.

Step 5: Wait to receive email notifications from the platform about next steps.

Step 6: To view your completed application, click on the “My Applications” tile and you can see a full preview of your application. 

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