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WHO WE SUPPORT

 

We support individuals, community groups and organisations across the UK that want to look after their mental wellbeing.

While we are a national charity, local communities are at the heart of everything we do. The funds we raise provide accessible grants to grassroots and community projects who are helping make a positive difference to the individuals they support by building self-confidence, self-esteem and promoting positive mental health.

We ensure that money raised gets invested back into projects within the fundraiser’s locality so our supporters can rest assured they are making a difference in their community.

 

SUPPORTED PROJECTS

GRANT INFORMATION

 

SUPPORTED PROJECTS

 
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GRASSROOT COMMUNITIES

Region 1 - Bristol

'Grassroot Communities' supports people of all ages to shape and deliver projects based on their wants and needs that positively impacts on their communities. They deliver projects based on youth, community and nature, reconnecting people with their communities and with nature.

Thanks to you, the 401 Foundation has been able to provide them with a small community grant to support the set up and development of a Youth led Boxing Gym in Hartcliffe, South Bristol, bringing vulnerable young people off the streets and building their confidence and self esteem.

MUDDY RUNNERS

Region 1 - Hampshire

Muddy Runners has the opportunity to bring the England Athletics initiative ‘#RunAndRevise’, supported by Mind, into three more secondary schools following the success of a six week course held in May 2019. They plan to run each course with one CIRF coach (level two) and one LIRF leader (level one) but would like to up skill four of the team through an online course in mental health and sport to support more schools in their community.

Thanks to you, the 401 Foundation has been able to support them with a small community grant to help them achieve this goal and make a real different in their local community.

 

GRANT INFORMATION

 

In this section you will find answers to many of the frequently asked questions surrounding our grants

If you would like clarification on anything please feel free to email us and one of our team will be happy to help you.

 

HOW ARE OUR GRANTS MANAGED?

 

We have split the UK up into 16 different regions. These include 9 in England, 2 in Wales, 4 in Scotland and 1 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 Regional Postcodes.


Use our interactive map to see how much your region currently has available. 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 in mid 2021, thank you for your patience and understanding

 
 

WHERE DOES OUR MONEY COME FROM?

 

Our money comes from a number of different sources, all of which can be found on our Support Us page.

 

HOW IS OUR MONEY SPLIT?

 

When we receive money from our supporters, it is split in the following way.

 

REGIONAL GRANT POTS

50% is automatically allocated to the regional grant pot based on postcode

OPERATIONAL POT

Every charity needs money to operate so the other 50% is added to our operating pot.

 

Starting in April 2021 this split will change to 55/45. Our aspiration is to deliver an 80/20 split by April 2026.

 

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

  • Academic research

  • 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 give 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 objects. 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

  • Expected impact

  • Anticipated outcomes

  • 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 WRITEN?

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.

 

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A registered charity in England and Wales (1175605), along with a registered company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (10688031).

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