Mental Health Funding Programme 2019

We are now open for applications. See below for guidance on how to apply.

CLOSING DATE: Friday 31 May 2019

Improving mental health in mid-life

Mental wellbeing underpins good health and impacts everyone. It is estimated that one in four people will experience a mental health problem each year, yet many will receive no treatment at all. 

For some mid-life can be a time of increased responsibilities, challenges and pressures, in their working lives, family lives and relationships. The prevalence of mental illness peaks among people in their middle years.  

Within this funding programme the Bupa UK Foundation is looking to fund practical, community-focused projects that will support and improve people’s mental health at this critical life-stage. 

Guidance for applicants

When deciding which projects to fund we pay particular attention to who will benefit and the difference a project is likely to make to their health and wellbeing. We look at how this will be demonstrated, using simple and realistic measures. We also consider whether a project might deliver a long-term legacy or learning that can be shared more widely.

If you decide to apply, please ensure your application meets all the following criteria:

  • Your project or initiative will support people in mid-life. Suggested age range 30s to 50s. 
  • Your project focuses specifically on supporting and improving people’s mental health and wellbeing, rather than on addressing wider social issues.
  • Your application clearly explains how you will reach, engage and directly support individuals in improving their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Your application outlines how you will measure and evaluate the difference your project makes to the mental health and wellbeing of individual participants.

The maximum level of funding available for each grant awarded within this funding programme is £20,000. You are advised to apply for the level of funding you think your project requires to deliver the outputs and impact you outline in your application, however, this should represent no more than 10 per cent of your organisation's annual turnover.

Please note that projects awarded funding from the Bupa UK Foundation automatically receive an additional 15 per cent of the grant awarded as a contribution to core costs.

All applications must be submitted through the Bupa UK Foundation's online application system and only one application will be considered per organisation. 

About the process

There are three stages to our grant-making.  

  1. First we review the summary information you provide about your project online.
  2. Applications that most clearly fit the application criteria are then invited to submit more detailed information.
  3. A small number of applications will then be considered by the Bupa UK Foundation's Board of Trustees, who make all final funding decisions.

We aim to advise all applicants whether they have been successful in progressing to the second stage within six weeks of the closing date.

Eligibility criteria

Before committing time and energy to preparing an application, please ensure you have read the guidelines above and that your project meets the Bupa UK Foundation's funding criteria.  As detailed below, a number of areas of work are not eligible for funding from the Bupa UK Foundation, specifically:

  • work that does not fall within the scope of the Bupa UK Foundation's charitable purposes
  • work that does not closely fit the stated funding priorities of a specific funding programme
  • projects delivered outside the UK.
  • long-term projects and initiatives – we expect the vast majority of projects funded by the Bupa UK Foundation to be delivered within 12 to 18 months
  • requests for a level of funding that represents more than 10 per cent of an organisation's annual turnover
  • projects delivered by local authorities or housing associations
  • work which might reasonably be eligible for funding from statutory bodies
  • projects delivered by entities that are not formally or legally constituted, such as social clubs
  • general awareness or information campaigns
  • respite breaks or cover for respite breaks, day trips and holidays
  • sponsorship of or attendance at meetings, events and conferences
  • fundraising appeals, including capital appeals or equipment costs
  • unrestricted funding for charities or other organisations
  • educational bursaries or grants for university or postgraduate education, school trips or projects, gap year or elective year projects
  • academic research, including funding for educational or research posts