City Bridge Trust invites ideas for staff mental health programmes

It wants to fund a number of six-month pilot interventions to develop the resilience of front-line staff

Front-line staff: funder wants to develop resilience
Front-line staff: funder wants to develop resilience

The grant-maker the City Bridge Trust is inviting charitable organisations to design and deliver ideas for programmes to support the mental health of their front-line staff.

The charity is looking to fund a series of six-month-long pilot interventions to help develop the resilience of front-line charity workers, beginning in October.

It put out a call for expressions of interest this week to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week and as part of its Responding to the Resilience Risk initiative.

A spokeswoman for the charity told Third Sector that it had not set aside a specific amount of overall funding for the project or allotted a maximum sum for each individual programme, but instead would assess each application and "see how much was needed on a case-by-case basis".

In a statement, the charity said it was hoping to discover what type of intervention would be most effective in supporting charity workers, whether they needed to be sector-specific and whether resilience support needed to be delivered separately from other workplace mental health schemes.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 14 June. Shortlisted projects will have until 30 July to submit their fuller proposals, with successful projects being announced on 2 September.

"Proposed interventions must be designed for a minimum of eight and a maximum of 20 staff members," the call for submissions said. "We will not fund one-off events; interventions must last six months in duration, with the proposed activity taking place at regular intervals over the six-month period."

It said all projects needed to get permission from the staff members involved and should include a fully costed budget as part of their submissions.

More information can be found here.

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