The Mount Fund - Small grants programme
Who can apply?
Registered charities whose beneficiaries are in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey and London and have a maximum income of £500,000. (Charities who are applying under the homelessness category and also provide accommodation, annual income must be less than £500,000 after deduction of rental income/housing benefit). The Trustees encourage applications from small, rural charities.
As from 1st April 2023 the Fund has the following priority areas:
Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Health
The Trustees support registered charities delivering therapeutic family support programmes and charities supporting children’s mental health needs. Applications for funding for counselling services will only be supported where such services are either free or very low cost (details should be provided).
The Trustees support registered charities delivering advice, therapy and/or counselling services to individuals and families who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. There is a preference to support charities working to provide long-term solutions to homelessness.
Community Youth Services
The Trustees support registered charities delivering advice, therapy and/or counselling services to children and young people aged 24* and under. The service should be free to users and aimed primarily at children or young people experiencing inequalities and social exclusion, who may have experience of trauma and disadvantage such as family breakdown, bereavement, loss and separation, relationship difficulties or domestic violence. It could also be extended to children or young people affected by serious youth violence as well as associated experience of socioeconomic disadvantage, poverty or discrimination.
*funding up to the age of 24 years is to support the transition into adulthood.
Refugee and Asylum Seekers
The Trustees support registered charities delivering advice, therapy and/or counselling services to individuals and families who are refugees and asylum seekers.
What type of grants do we give?
- Grants are given for projects; general running costs/core funding; salaries; advice services; counselling; organisational development.
- The Trustees do not normally consider building costs, only refurbishment or alterations necessary to bring a building up to standards to meet legislative requirements.
- The Trustees will only consider appeals from national organisations at branch level where the branch is able to provide separate accounts and is responsible for its own finances.
- The Trustees do not fund individuals.
- The Trustees do not consider generally consider applications from charities with an income of over £500,000, except where the conditions stated under Homelessness above are met.
- The Trustees are unable to accept applications from charities that are not registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
- Charities who have received grants for six consecutive years.
How much do we give?
Grants are generally up to a maximum of £5,000, for one year.
What to include with your application?
A copy of your most recent signed annual report and financial statements, a budget for the project for the current financial year and, if you are applying for a salary, a job description. All these documents can be uploaded at the end of the online application form. We do not accept draft accounts. Where possible please submit these documents in pdf format.
Please do not send any other information as it will be discarded.
For a copy of the application questions, please click here.