What is it?
As part of the Student Mental Health Agreement project, we are delighted to be able to offer a small grant scheme this year to support the piloting of a new activity, campaign or the trial of a new idea. We have a small pot of money, and will be offering a maximum of £250 to 10 Scottish institutions.
Who can apply?
Our small grant scheme is open to any institution who is currently taking part in the Student Mental Health Agreement project. To help you keep your idea and Agreement as in sync as possible, those leading on the Student Mental Health Agreement should apply for the grant. We will only accept one application per institution. Your application will not be means tested.
What will we fund?
Do you want to pilot a new activity? A new campaign? Are you looking to trial a new idea? This idea should be in support of one of your aims on your Student Mental Health Agreement and you will be asked to highlight which aim it compliments. We want to support you!
How will the grants be awarded?
This is where it gets exciting! This year, we’ll be piloting a Participatory Grant Scheme, which means that the grants will be awarded by those participating in our Student Mental Health Agreements. Each team will be invited to vote online for the proposals they would like to see awarded.
What’s the timeline?
Applications will open in October, but don’t let that delay your ideas forming! Applications will close in November, when we’ll share your proposals with a panel of your chosen external organisations. They’ll have a look and see if they have any suggestions to make your proposals even stronger, and then we’ll put all of the proposals to an online vote! Recipients will be announced in January 2021, and, under our new Project Cycle, you will have until May 2022 to introduce your proposal, pilot it and evaluate your progress.
This aims of our Small Grant Scheme have always been to support Student Associations and their institutions to work together in piloting fantastic news ideas to improve the mental health of their student bodies. Upon reflection of our own pilot last year, we think we can offer more support through a participatory process, which will increase community participation in the decision making process by up-skilling all of us taking part on funding processes and decision making – ultimately, working toward our SMHA project being more participant-led to share best practice!