Youth Mental Health Fund

*Update* We have extended the deadline for the donor letter of commitment to Wednesday 13th June 5pm. The deadline for applications remains the same – Friday 18th May 2018 at 5 pm.

Once you have submitted your application this Friday, you will still have access to the application portal until Wednesday 13th June to submit your donor letters of commitment. 

WHAT IS THE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FUND?

The Youth Mental Health Fund has been created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development. The Department of Rural and Community Development provides match funding for all philanthropic funds raised by Social Innovation Fund Ireland, via the Dormant Accounts Fund.

Through the Youth Mental Health Fund, we aim to provide meaningful, lasting support to innovative mental health programmes and initiatives that reach out to young people before and during the societal, academic, physical, and emotional pressures of early adolescence and early adulthood.

As part of the application for this fund, we are asking applicants to demonstrate that they have secured private or philanthropic funding for the duration of their project. If the applicant is successful, we will match their donation by providing a 50% uplift on their funds, as well as delivering other supports such as training, impact measurement and capacity building.

THE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FUND OBJECTIVE

Mental health is increasingly being recognised as an important health issue in Ireland. It is estimated poor mental health will affect one in four people over the course of their lives, with the onset often starting in childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. The development of poor mental health at adolescence and early adulthood can have devastating impacts that may last over the course of a person’s lifetime. By promoting mental, emotional and social wellbeing, we can enable young people to fulfil their potential and cope with the challenges faced during this critical development period.

The objective of the Youth Mental Health Fund is to provide meaningful, lasting support to innovative mental health programmes and initiatives that reach out to young people before and during the societal, academic, physical, and emotional pressures of early adolescence, adolescence and early adulthood. The fund is open to all innovative projects offering either preventive supports or interventions for young people and their mental health.

WHAT DOES THE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FUND OFFER?

  • 50% uplift on funds raised by applicants (applicants must provide evidence to verify the private funding has been secured)
  • Peer to peer networking and knowledge sharing
  • Training workshops
  • Impact measurement
  • A platform for awardees to showcase their work at an awards event  

FUNDING REQUIREMENTS

Successful applicants are asked to provide evidence to verify the private funding they have secured. We require a minimum of €20,000 private funding per year for a minimum period of 2 years for the Youth Mental Health Fund. A Donor Letter of Commitment should be provided in support of this application outlining the amount of funding and the duration. (Sample Donor Letter of Commitment)

How the funding process works

  • Private funds are paid to Social Innovation Fund Ireland annually.
  • Social Innovation Fund Ireland provides evidence of committed donor funds to Government
  • Government releases funding to Social Innovation Fund Ireland
  • Social Innovation Fund Ireland provide an uplift of 50% on the donor funds and makes a grant to successful applicants

Example: Applicant has raised €60,000 in private funds over 3 years (€20,000 per year).

Secured donor funds

Youth Mental Health Fund uplift

Applicant donor funds per year

No. of years

Total donor funds

SIFI Uplift (50%) per year

SIFI total uplift for 3 years  

Total funds (Including donor and SIFI uplift) over 3 years

€20,000

3

€60,000

€10,000

€30,000

€90,000

The Youth Mental Health Fund provides a total uplift to the €60,000 of €30,000 making a total fund of €90,000. This €90,000 is paid over the 3 years at €30,000 p.a (€20,000 donor funds and €10,000 SIFI uplift).

WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS IS THE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FUND LOOKING FOR?

Applicants should be able to demonstrate how they improve the capacity of those up to age 25 to cope with mental health challenges and difficulties. These projects may be preventative initiatives, group or one to one interventions or tailored projects that reflect the specific requirements/needs of its target group.

All applicants should have a strong evidence base for their project and have an evaluation or assessment component (at least commenced).

Applicants should also be able to demonstrate that they have raised private or philanthropic funding for the proposed period and that the programme cannot be carried out without the match funding of SIFI.

WHAT ORGANISATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE?

Applicants must have not-for-profit legal status to be considered for the Youth Mental Health Fund. For example: charity, company limited by guarantee, trust etc…

Projects applying to the Youth Mental Health Fund must meet the standard SIFI and Youth Mental Health Fund core criteria listed below:

SOCIAL INNOVATION FUND IRELAND CORE CRITERIA

  • The project must address a critical social issue – in this case, youth mental health
  • The project proposed must be innovative in an Irish context
  • The project must have potential and a desire to scale or replicate in Ireland (it may also have potential internationally, but this is not a requirement)
  • The project must provide evidence that it is up and running, or has been tested at least in a minimal way
  • The project must be based on the island of Ireland and make its main impact in the Republic of Ireland
  • Applicants must come from an entity that has a not-for-profit legal form e.g. company limited by guarantee, trust etc.

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FUND CORE CRITERIA

  • The project must focus on young adolescents, adolescents and young people up to the age of 25.
  • The project must use the most up to date evidence-based approaches such as best practices from internationally accredited programs
  • The project must have a research or evaluation component, for example, it must have built in an assessment or evaluation of impact from the start (including the use of direct feedback from young people)
  • The project must have secured a minimum of €20,000 per year for 2 years in private pledged donations.

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FUND ADVANTAGEOUS CRITERIA

  • Projects that work on awareness, prevention and skills training such as empathy, compassion, resilience (coping with failure and disappointment), sense of belonging, etc
  • Projects that use “practice rather than preach” and 21st-century teaching models, such as youth-led workshops, civic engagement models and other active experiential learning methods
  • Projects that promote the development and implementation of appropriate professional mental health training for educators as a means of increasing capacity and confidence to identify and support young people with mental health issues
  • Projects targeting young people and groups at high risk of mental health issues e.g LGBTQ young people, early school leavers, Traveller young people, etc.)
  • Projects that demonstrate partnerships with other existing organisations (national or international)
  • Projects that employ a holistic approach – school-wide approach, community and/or parental involvement

HOW LONG IS THE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FUND OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS?

The Youth Mental Health Fund is open for applications from Friday 9th February 2018 until Friday 18th May 2018

HOW DO I APPLY?

The Youth Mental Health Fund application form is available here.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF APPLICANTS?

Applicants are expected to be available for interviews between the 18th June and 26th June 2018.

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FUND AWARDEES?

Awardees will be expected to:

  • Complete progress reports on their activities (up to four per year)
  • Submit an annual report on project outcomes
  • Attend training workshops and showcase events
  • Participate in impact measurement training

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many awards will be made?

The number of the awards will be dependent upon the quality of applicants.

What can the awardee spend the funds on?

The funds must be spent on the project which won the Award. The specific use of the funds will be agreed between Social Innovation Fund Ireland and the Awardee.

Funds may not be used to pay off debts or purchase capital items such as land, equipment, renovations or buildings.

Who will decide who wins the awards?

Final decisions are made by the Board of Social Innovation Fund Ireland.

What is the selection process?

  • Stage 1: 9th February 2018 – 18th of May 2018 – Call for Applications
  • Stage 2: May / June 2018 – Review by an expert Mental Health Advisory Group
  • Stage 3: 18th June – 26th June 2018 – Interviews
  • Stage 4: July – August 2018 – Final due diligence on recommended applicants
  • Stage 5: September 2018 – Decision by Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Board

How do applicants find out where they are in the selection process?

All applicants will be informed by telephone or email.

What projects are not eligible?

  • Projects seeking to fund for capital items – buildings, vans, renovations, equipment etc.
  • Research projects
  • Party political projects
  • Projects that do not provide a benefit to people or the environment e.g. projects that benefit animals only
  • Projects that screen beneficiaries in or out by faith or religious denomination
  • Projects where the main impact is outside the Republic of Ireland
  • Projects led by people under 18 years
  • Projects that are an idea (only) and that have not yet started 

What applicants are not eligible?

  • Applicants must be over 18 years old. 
  • Applications must come from an entity that has a not for profit legal form eg a school, charity or social enterprise. For profit entities are excluded.
  • Social Innovation Fund Ireland staff, directors and their immediate family members*, are excluded from applying.

*Immediate family member includes sibling, parent, spouse or civil partner, or child.

TERMS & CONDITIONS OF THE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FUND

By applying for the Youth Mental Health Fund, all applicants have agreed to the Terms & Conditions.

  • Social Innovation Fund Ireland will retain 50% of the match uplift from Government for administrative costs, project management  and programme costs
  • All applicants warrant that they are over 18 years of age.
  • All applicants warrant that they have engaged fully and truthfully with the application process and will engage fully and truthfully with the selection process. This includes providing full and accurate information, both written and verbal, at all stages of the process.
  • All applicants warrant that they are eligible to apply.
  • All applicants warrant that they have the right to apply. This means that they hold the necessary rights to carry out the project

Please contact Martina von Richter at martina@socialinnovation.ie with any questions you have on the criteria. If you have any questions about the fundraising requirement of this fund please contact Anne Dermody at anne@socialinnovation.ie 

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FUND ADVISORY GROUP