We give grants to individual Friends who need support for their mental health which they cannot otherwise afford. This is often to pay for counselling or other therapy, but can also pay for assessment (for instance to see what help is needed). We can fund respite care, travel expenses to visit someone who is an in-patient, or other ways of supporting mental well-being.
We can only give individual grants to people who are Quakers or have a strong link to Friends. We can’t fund long term therapy and we don’t generally pay more than £2,000.
We also give grants to mental health projects – projects which are led by Quakers and which hold to Quaker values. Our general guidance is that we can only fund to a maximum of £10,000 for two years and most of our grants are for less than £5,000. We hope to support projects which are good ideas, which will make a difference – with the hope that sometimes we can start things, that projects might grow and be able to seek funding from other sources.
The trustees meet 4 times a year. Grants for projects are considered in March and September. The Fund has limited money and there may be competition between applications.
Grants for individuals are considered at every meeting and can be considered outside meetings, if the situation is urgent.
"I feel so inspired having learned the Compassion Focused Therapy techniques. I use and benefit from them on a daily basis which makes it a joy to share with others. I also feel privileged that we have been introduced to this very healing and forward thinking approach to managing our lives."