How to apply

Step 1: Check your eligibility and read our application guidance before you start.  The application guidance helps you answer each question of the application form, and gives you some top tips on how to write an application for funding.

Step 2: Download the full application form and prepare your answers. 

Step 3: Submit your application to the relevant Time to Change hub

Are you eligible for the Champions Fund? 

Unfortunately, we only have a limited amount of funding to give out and we want to make sure it goes to people who will be able to use that funding in the best way possible. To apply for funding, you need to meet the following criteria.

1. You need to be registered as a Time to Change champion

Only individuals who are registered as a Time to Change Champion can apply for funding. Not a Champion yet? Don’t worry, you can register to become a Champion.

2. You need to be at least 18 years old 

This is because we can only provide funding to adults. If you are under 18 and want to be involved in TTC there are lots of other opportunities.

3. You need to have lived experience of a mental health problem

This funding is only for people who would describe themselves as someone who has had a mental health problem at some point.

This is because we strongly believe that people who have experienced mental health problems should be leading activities to tackle stigma and discrimination. That’s not to say that if you don’t have that experience you can’t run activity or shouldn’t campaign on this issue, but this particular opportunity is just for those who do.

If you haven’t experienced mental health problems but want to run activity in your area, we have lots of resources you can use.

4. Do I live in an area where there is a Time to Change Hub?

We will only fund activity in areas where Time to Change hubs are running. Hubs are local partnerships that will work together to deliver their own campaign that will support communities, workplaces and schools to take action to change the way we think and act about mental health problems. See a list of current Time to Change hubs below. 

Where to send your application

Submit your application to the relevant hub contact below. 

Bristol

Contact: ttcbristol@gmail.com

Map showing the locations of Tine to Change Hubs in England

Cumbria

Contact: office@cemind.org

Leeds

Contact: paulb@space2.org.uk

Nottingham

Contact: ttc@selfhelp.org.uk

Suffolk

Contact: Julia.carr@nsft.nhs.uk or simon.king@healthwatchsuffolk.co.uk 

Waltham Forest

Contact: chris.osullivan@crestwf.org.uk

West Sussex

Contact: ttcwestsussex@coastalwestsussexmind.org

Worcestershire

Contact: emmab@comfirst.org.uk

 

What happens to my application?

Stage 1

You submit your application and will receive an e-mail confirming it has been received. People can submit applications over a period of six to eight weeks. You won’t hear anything more about your application until after the deadline for all applications has passed, so don’t be concerned if you don’t hear anything for a while.

Stage 2

Applications are assessed by a panel. The panel normally has between three to five members. These will be individuals who are involved in the Time to Change Hub in your area as well as at least one person who has experienced mental health problems themselves. Panel members have to declare any conflicts of interest they have. If you know someone well who is on the panel, it is likely they won’t score your application.

The panel will score applications using a scoring criteria. The scoring criteria is the same for each application, which helps ensure all applications are judged fairly. 

Stage 3

The panel will let you know whether your application has been: Successful OR Unsuccessful.

Your application has been successful

You might be asked to make some small changes to your application to get the funding. For example, you might be asked to give a bit more information about your budget.
Or you might be able to accept your funding straight away.

Either way you will be asked to sign an agreement that puts in writing what you are responsible for and what the organisation that is giving you the funding is
responsible for. Once the agreement is signed you will be able to start using your funding!

Your application has been unsuccessful

Sadly, we won’t be able to give funding to everyone and some of you may be unsuccessful. This can happen for lots of reasons so try not to be too disheartened.

You will be given feedback as to why your application was unsuccessful. It may be possible for you to reapply for funding when the Fund in your area is next
accepting applications.