About the Fund
This programme will seek to fund and enable community-based peer support that reaches around 4,500 women. Work will be funded for a maximum of one year, and we expect to make between 80 and 90 awards through the following strands of funding:
1. Women's Peer Support Hubs
| 2. Peer Support delivery
Five capacity building ‘Hub’ grants of up to £50,000; four in England and one in Wales.
These grants will go to women’s organisations with specialist expertise of women with, or at risk of developing, mental health problems and experiencing multiple disadvantage, and who have the connections with community-based organisation to:
- convene and deliver, in partnership with Mind, four capacity building workshops to grow local expertise in delivering women’s mental health peer support
- establish and support local networks of practice
- become centres of expertise and knowledge on women’s peer support
- promote the value of women's peer support
- facilitate peer support directly or indirectly.*
Around 30 grants of up to £25,000, and around 50 grants of up to £10,000 to facilitate peer support with women experiencing, or at risk of developing, mental health problems and experiencing disadvantage, particularly multiple disadvantage.
During the lifetime of the Fund, those receiving these grants will have the opportunity to take part in a series of learning events. These will be co-convened by the ‘Hubs’ and Mind and will support organisations to build and share knowledge about delivering peer support that works for women.
Grantees will also be part of an evaluation aimed at learning about what works for women, and will be supported by our evaluation partners and peer researchers to build evaluation skills to do this.
* Note: we are prepared to consider applications from women’s organisations who only wish to deliver the capacity building, network and knowledge development elements of the ‘Hubs’ strand without the direct or indirect peer support element. In such cases, the maximum grant available will be £25,000.
Through the programme we intend to fund a broad range of voluntary, predominantly women’s sector, organisations that are able to reach the women we want this work to support. All applicants will therefore need to demonstrate a track record of delivering services and programmes developed specifically for women facing complex social issues.
Organisations will be able to apply individually or in partnership, where the combined expertise enhances the ability to ensure more targeted reach, to engage women where they are, and to respond effectively to their mental health needs.