Supporting mental health in your local community
Here you will find answers to many of the frequently asked questions surrounding our grants process and criteria
If you would like clarification on anything please feel free to contact us and one of our team will be happy to help you.
HOW ARE OUR GRANTS MANAGED?
We have split the UK in to 16 different regions. These include nine in England, two in Wales, four in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland.
Money we receive is allocated to a regional grant pot based on postcode. If we are unable to identify the postcode we automatically allocate the money into a discretionary pot and this is used to top up regional grants pots if required. Here is our full list of our Regional Postcodes
Please be advised that our application process is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will be looking to reopen our grant applications later this year, thank you for your patience and understanding
WHERE DOES OUR MONEY COME FROM?
HOW IS OUR MONEY SPLIT?
When money is received we automatically split this between our grant pots and operational funds.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have invested heavily in our school mental wellbeing programmes so for the foreseeable future we will utilise all donations to fund the operational aspects of this programme which are very much in line with what our charity is supporting.
Our aspiration is to move back to our 50/50 split between operational funds and grant pots by the end of the financial year and then to deliver an 80/20 split by April 2026.
REGIONAL GRANT POTS
50% is automatically allocated to the regional grant pot based on postcode
Every charity needs money to operate so the other 50% is added to our operating pot.
WHAT IS OUR GRANT CRITERIA?
We aim to keep our grant criteria very flexible to allow us to fund a wide a range of projects. Here are some helpful bits of information detailing what we fund and what we don't fund.
WHAT WE FUND
Small grassroot community projects and individuals that can demonstrate they build confidence and self-esteem, to improve mental health and self-development in their local communities.
WHAT WE DON'T FUND
Large Organisations AND small charities
Work that does not have a direct benefit in the UK
Activity that only benefits a single individual or the recipient of the grant
Work that should be supported via statutory funding or activity, e.g. social or health care
Activity promoting religious or political views
Activity that uses animals for entertainment purposes
APPLYING FOR A GRANT
Applying for a grant can be daunting and confusing, so we've tried to set out our priorities to help show how we make our decisions. We've given you some helpful hints and tips for applying, and most importantly, we've made our application form as simple as we can.
THE 401 FOUNDATION'S PRIORITIES
The Foundation will consider grant applications for a range of projects meeting the criteria set out above and in line with our charitable objectives. We will particularly prioritise.
Projects where other funding is not readily available
Grass roots projects for small local issues
Groups where resources make it difficult to apply for other grants
Anti bullying projects
Projects addressing confidence and self esteem
Projects addressing general mental health issues
Projects which will optimise benefits for the funds available
HOW WE MAKE OUR DECISIONS
Applications are assessed by a sub-panel of the Board of Trustees that includes the Chief Executive or Chair of the Board, and two other Trustees.
The initial criteria to be applied is whether there are sufficient funds for the application in the funding pot for the region in which the activity will take place. Unfortunately, we cannot offer grants in regions where insufficient funds have been raised.
If sufficient funds are available, the application will be assessed on:
The extent to which it meets the 401 Foundation’s priorities
Evidence of need
Confidence of the Panel in your ability to successfully manage the grant, based on your assessment of the risks involved and previous track record.
We aim to make a decision and respond to all applications within one month. We may require further information from you in order to make a decision.
Unsuccessful applicants will receive feedback on their application, but all decisions are final – there is no process for appeal. However, you can reapply at any time if you feel you are able to adequately address the Panel’s feedback.
HINTS AND TIPS
CAN YOU BACK UP YOUR PROPOSAL?
Make sure the application is fact based, with figures and evidence that support your claims if appropriate. We aren't after war and peace, just a structured plan that makes sense.
CAN OTHERS UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN?
Ask someone who doesn’t know your project to read the application before you submit it - if they can understand what you are proposing, it should be easy enough for the panel to understand the proposal.
USE CLEAR AND SIMPLE LANGUAGE
Please write in clear simple English - avoid jargon and spell out any acronyms the first time they are used.