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Rolls-Royce Fund 2019

More Information:

For the last three years the Foundation Derbyshire Rolls-Royce Fund has targeted its grant making towards different aspects of mental health services for young people. The Fund has recognised national concerns and has echoed the dialogue around the insufficient levels of care available.

Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

The emotional well being of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.

The Mental Health Foundation states a number of things can help keep children and young people mentally well including:

Going to a school that looks after the well being of all its pupils

Schools may often want to enhance or start support around emotional well-being, but budgets are exceptionally tight with a pull on resources from many directions, including financing basic resources and staffing.

A fund of £30,000 has been set aside to fund projects here in Derby and Derbyshire that can make a positive impact in this area.

Type of Project costs & groups we are looking to fund:

We will be accepting applications from any constituted Parent and Teacher Association or a similar organisation (friends of etc.). If you are not sure you are / have a constituted body then please do call us for advice.

We are looking to fund programmes and activities that focus on resilience, mindfulness, strategies for spotting and tackling mental health issues, exercise and techniques for better mental health.

Bids can focus on a certain year group or be open to the whole school.

Activities can be focused across a certain term, or a fixed number of weeks, but there is preference for programmes that can be implemented across a full academic year so techniques and ideas can be embedded.

What the Project Won’t Fund:

School playground work

Priorities:  There are no specific priorities but projects that can be easily scaled up, or down, would be welcome

Area:  Derby City & Derbyshire County

Amount: Grants of up to £8,000 are available

Closing Dates:  Applications for this fund can be submitted to Foundation Derbyshire now, but all bids must be received before Friday 25th January 2019.

Decisions will be taken towards mid- March 2019 with a firm date supplied to applicants during the assessment process.

Obtaining an Application Form: To access an application for this fund please call Sarah Stainthorpe on 01773 525860 or E-mail:


Past themes:

2018: Children and the Great Outdoors

Quad Qclub, Home Start Derby and Derbyshire Young Carer’s

All three groups were awarded funds to support vulnerable and / or disadvantaged young people, and their families, to better connect with and enjoy the great outdoors – emphasising the mental and physical health benefits of green spaces.

 2016: Children and Mental Health

Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health: counselling to adolescents

Derby Cruse Bereavement Care: children’s counselling service

Relate Derby & Southern Derbyshire:  ‘SafeSpeak’ project a specialist young people’s counselling service.

 2015: Support to Domestic Abuse Services

Awarded to Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service (DDVSAS)