Comic Relief, young men & mental health, deadline 13 October 2017

20 September 2017

Thriving Not Just Surviving

Comic Relief has launched the £1.75 million Thriving Not Just Surviving: Young Men and Mental Health Fund to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young men with mental health problems. Comic Relief is seeking proposals to deliver specialised mental health provision which puts the needs of young men at the heart of their work. There is special interest in funding organisations that test out different approaches to engagement and support to establish what works.

Funding available

  • It is expected that approximately 20 grants will be awarded across the UK.
  • Grants of between £100,000 and £150,000 are available for up to three years’ work in the UK.
  • The grant must be greater than 25% of the total project cost.

Key Criteria

Applications will be accepted from specialist mental health and/or youth organisations with particular interest in organisations that are based in the community in which they work. Partnership bids are welcome. Only one proposal per applicant can be submitted.

Applicants are encouraged to co-design activities with young men to ensure their needs, interests and priorities are met as well as challenging the barriers they face in accessing mental health provision.

Priority will be given to applications which:

  • Have consulted and plan to co-design activities with young men to ensure their needs and interests are met effectively.
  • Are working with young men from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities or those with co-occurring learning disabilities and mental health problems.
  • Use activity based interventions as a tool of engagement and/or that are psychologically informed. Applications using the arts and sports as well as social and cultural activities will be considered.
  • Promote and recognise the power of peer support and positive role models and incorporate these into their interventions.
  • Ensure activities are carried out in non-stigmatising locations.


Guidance information and an online application form can be found on the Comic Relief website.

Groups with the strongest proposals will be shortlisted to go through for a full assessment.

Further information

Grants Team, Comic Relief, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP

Telephone: 020 7820 2000 or Email.

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