FUNDING: NSUN Side by Side Fund- apply by 31 May 2021

Small grants of £200 to £500 are available for peer support, mutual aid or self-help groups in England & Wales.

The fund will help groups connect remotely, prepare to move their activities to face-to-face, or make their group more sustainable.

Groups must benefit people or communities who live with mental ill-health, trauma and distress – in this context, peer support is being defined as the intentional action of bringing people together who have experiences in common, to offer mutual support.

The fund is interested in member-led groups in community settings, that recognise that coming together supports wellbeing, healing or connection and other things associated with mental health.  In particular,

We are particularly interested in applications from

  • Groups led by and for people from racialised communities/people of colour
  • Groups led by and for young people (aged 18-25)
  • Groups who have been unable to meet during the pandemic, which may be due to digital poverty.

Some examples of activities which could be funded include PPE/cleaning materials, travel for members, Zoom subscription/online platforms, equipment such as laptop or tablet, mobile data, room hire, DBS checks for facilitators or activity materials. 

Grants will be awarded in July and need to be spent by 31 December 2021.

See the full details at the NSUN website.