Time to Change is currently funding Hubs in the following areas: Birmingham, County Durham, East Essex, Halton, Kingston, Leicester, Somerset and Southampton & Portsmouth.
Within each area a £10,000 Champions Fund is available for local Champions to use to run anti-stigma activity. You can apply for up to £500 per activity.
In the video above you can see some of the activities that Champions in Suffolk have been running to challenge mental health stigma and engage their local community. If you are looking for more ideas, you can also find out about other projects we've funded in the past.
"Thank you for encouraging me to speak out and the opportunity to create and run my own event. It has given me the confidence to run further events and feel more comfortable with friends and in the workplace."
Time to Change Champion
Interested in finding out more? Apply for the Champions fund here.
What is the Champions Fund?
The Champions Fund is a fund supporting people with lived experience of mental health problems to challenge stigma and discrimination in their local area. A successful application supports people with lived experience run activities in order to facilitate conversations with people who may not have lived experience, something we call social contact.
You can find more information on different types of social contact here.
Who can apply for funding?
People with lived experience of mental health problems. We only require you to self-identify and not provide evidence or details of your mental health diagnosis.
You do not have to have a current mental health problem, as long as you have experienced a mental health problem at some point in your life.
I haven’t had a diagnosis from a doctor but I’m pretty sure I’ve had mental health problems. Can I apply?
If you identify as having had a mental health problem then yes you can apply, you don’t need to have had a formal diagnosis.
I’ve had a mental health problem in the past but I don’t experience symptoms any more. Can I apply?
Yes, you can. The important thing is that you’ve had that experience at some point in your life, you don’t need to be experiencing symptoms right now.
I don’t have a mental health problem but a close friend or relative does. Can I apply?
Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply. This opportunity is just for people who have experienced mental health problems personally. However, you might want to consider supporting someone with direct experience to apply
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t campaign around this issue. You can find lots of other ways to get involved.
What other requirements are there for applying to the Champions Fund?
To apply for funding, you need to:
- Be registered as a Time to Change Community Champion (not Employee Champion though you can be both). You can sign up here
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have lived experience of a mental health problem
- Run the activity in a Time to Change hub area (you don’t have to live in the hub area but close by)
How much can I apply for?
You can apply for up to £500.
What types of things can be funded?
The types of things the funds can be used for include:
- Venue hire
- Payment for services (entertainer, alternative therapies practitioner, face-painter, caterer)
- Equipment hire
- Reasonable travel reimbursement for volunteers
- Printing costs
This is not an exhaustive list.
All proposed purchases/payment for services have to be included in the itemised budget on the application form.
What can’t be funded?
We cannot fund:
- Equipment (i.e. cameras, computers etc.)
- Training courses
- Salary costs
- Activity solely based in a workplace (i.e. not public facing / community based).
- Fundraising activities
- Alcohol/tobacco/gambling purchases
What is Social Contact?
At Time to Change, we define Social Contact as “Conversations that take place between people who have lived experience of mental health problems and those who may not”.
When people talk to each other and establish common ground, prejudices and assumptions are often challenged and replaced with mutual understanding and respect. This can lead to changes in attitudes and behaviours, and our campaign is proving that this is an incredibly effective way to reduce stigma and discrimination.
Where in England can I apply to the Champions Fund?
Where can I get support to complete the application form?
We have produced guidance on how to complete the application form. Reading through this document will support you to complete the application form.
You can also contact your local hub, where someone can talk through what additional support is available to you if required.
You can find contact details here.
Where can I apply?
What will happen to my application after I submit it?
Once submitted, the hub administrator will acknowledge receipt of your application. Your application will then be reviewed by an assessment panel.
The hub administrator can let you know when the panel will be meeting and how soon you will be informed about the outcome of your application.
The panel may ask you to make some changes to your application.
Once your application is approved, the hub administrator will ask you to sign an agreement and create a pre-payment card with the approved amount of your award pre-loaded, this will enable you to buy the items and pay for the services outlined in your application budget. Please keep receipts and hand them to the hub administrator once you submit an evaluation of your activity.
Once you have completed your activity, please submit an evaluation. A template will be provided by the hub administrator.