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Rolls-Royce Fund 2021- Round 2

More Information:

For the last six 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.

As we move through 2021 and into 2022 this theme will remain the focus of the Fund.

The emotional wellbeing 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 continued fall out from the pandemic and issues such as climate change have also led to many children and young people feeling anxious about their futures, grappling with a changing and uncertain world.

We hope this fund can, once again, help communities feel more equipped to meet the difficulties faced by young people.

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

We will be accepting applications from any formally structured not-for-profit organisation including registered charities, CIOs, CICs, PTAs and constituted unincorporated groups. If you’re not sure about your status do drop us an email and we can work this out with you.

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.

Activities could include: Access to counselling, workshops / programmes around awareness, self-help / self-care techniques or mental health training for staff, parents and volunteers working with young people

We are looking for groups and projects that already have experience of delivering in this field or who will be using professional experienced / qualified workers to implement the project where appropriate.

What the Project Won’t Fund:

  • Building works including school playground development

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 3rd December 2021.

Decisions will be taken towards the end of January / early February 2022 with a firm date supplied to applicants during the assessment process.

If you would like to apply please email: with a brief outline of what you would be looking for funding for

Please note this is a limited pot of money and if the fund becomes too saturated we may need to amend the closing date

Past themes:

2019: Mental Health Support in Schools

PTA’s, Friends of Associations and linked community groups delivering mental health projects into schools, including:

Landau Forte, Melbourne Infants, Chellaston Academy, Brimington Juniors, Markeaton Primary, New Mills School Association and Ecclesbourne.

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)