Trusthouse Charitable Foundation offers new grant funding

Charities working with prisoners and ex-offenders can apply

Charities that work with prisoners and ex-offenders with mental health problems are being invited to apply for funding from the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation's new £600,000 themed grant programme.

The three-year programme will award £200,000 a year. Judith Leigh, grants manager at the foundation, said the maximum award was likely to be about £50,000 a year, although no limit had been set.

The foundation, which distributes £2m each year, supported projects that helped older people in rural areas in its last themed grant programme.

Leigh said the foundation chose its new theme because about 70 per cent of prisoners had mental health issues.

"We want to support projects with proven track records and with innovative approaches that aim to reduce this figure," she said.

"We will be particularly interested in projects that can provide seamless support on both sides of the walls, because released prisoners can all too easily drift back into the behaviour that took them to prison in the first place."

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