Children & Young People’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Fund

Type Core costs & project costs
Status Closed
Applications accepted from social enterprises? Yes
Maximum £20,000


One in ten children need support or treatment for mental health problems that may range from short spells of depression or anxiety to severe and persistent conditions.  The life chances of these young people  is significantly reduced in terms of their physical health, their education and work prospects, their chance of committing crime and their life expectancy. Mental health issues in young people also places extraordinary pressure on families and carers, which has wider implications for work, finances and the resilience of the family unit and results in increased cost in all public sector departments including health, education and policing.

The West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group,  Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, together with Suffolk County Council have come together to develop the Children’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Transformation Plan, which has now been agreed by NHS England. The transformation plan aims to improve the emotional wellbeing of Suffolk young people, their families and carers. This fund has been developed in recognition of the valuable contribution that the voluntary and community sector can make to the emotional wellbeing of children and young people living in Suffolk. Children and young people are defined for the purpose of this fund as being under 25 years of age. Further information on the transformation plan can be found here.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available to spend over the course of one year. This fund provides a grants programme for voluntary and community groups that operate within the boundaries of the West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group. Organisations operating outside of this geographical area of interest will need to demonstrate that they are serving people in the designated area.

Who can apply

This fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations in Suffolk including Social Enterprises and CICs. Please read our grantmaking guidelines here to check your eligibility prior to applying to this fund.

Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Types of activity that can be funded

The objective of this fund is to improve the emotional wellbeing of children and young people in Suffolk, their families and carers. As such this fund seeks to target three themes:

  • Prevention and early intervention – projects that support the emotional wellbeing and tackle the mental health issues of young people through prevention and early intervention.
  • Supporting access to help – projects that support young people exhibiting behavioural issues associated with their mental health to access the assessment and support they need from statutory agencies more quickly and effectively.
  • Supporting families and carers – projects that support the emotional wellbeing of young carers and the families and carers of young people experiencing mental health issues.

Projects may choose to support a combination of these themes or target just one.

The funder is particularly interested in projects that:

  1. Support families to adopt and maintain behaviours that support good mental health.
  2. Engage with young people and their families or carers to develop projects with those they aim to support.
  3. Build the confidence and resilience of young people and their families, thus reducing demand on public sector services going forward and enabling better life chances for young people and their families and carers.

Further information to strengthen your bid:

  • Applicants should clearly demonstrate both the need for and impact of their project and the expected outcomes of the desired project. Projects should give details of the outcome indicators and monitoring that will be put in place to demonstrate impact on the individual and their family. This funding is non-recurrent but evidence from this programme may inform and shape future commissioning of services.
  • Applicants should also refer to the Suffolk Children’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Transformation Plan and it will help their application if they can show which of the ten priority areas as set out in the Transformation Plan their bid will address and how this aligns with the plan.


This fund will not support capital costs.


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