Bupa UK Foundation funding programme opens for applications

The foundation wants organisations that aim to support and improve mental health to submit applications by 4 September

Bupa: decisions to be made at trustee meetings
Bupa: decisions to be made at trustee meetings

The first funding programme of the newly formed Bupa UK Foundation is now open for applications, with up to £1m available for projects focusing on mid-life mental health.

The foundation is encouraging people and organisations that run projects to support and improve people’s mental health to submit their applications by 4 September.

The private healthcare provider announced in April that it had launched a new charitable foundation that would fund health and social projects. Applications for its first funding round were originally scheduled to open in mid-May with funding decisions to be announced in the summer, but Bupa now says decisions will be made at the foundation’s trustee meetings in October and December.

Bupa expects to make about 20 grants as part of the funding programme. Awards will range from grants of less than £10,000 for projects delivered at a local level to larger grants of more than £50,000 for projects that have a broad reach and the potential to deliver a sustained impact.

The foundation wants to fund projects that can be delivered within 12 to 18 months, and which focus on one of the following priority areas: prevention – equipping people with the skills they need to monitor, maintain and improve their own mental health; early intervention – enabling people to access effective support directly and as soon as they become aware of their needs; integration – work that addresses the link between physical and mental health.

Applicants must submit expressions of interest via the Bupa UK Foundation website.

Dr Paula Franklin, medical director at Bupa UK, said in a statement: "Mental health is critical issue that can affect anyone, and mid-life in particular can be a period of increased pressure and responsibility. We want to support projects and initiatives seeking to improve mental health and make a direct impact on people’s health and wellbeing."

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