This winter, there is £5,000 available to support wards and departments across BCUHB that are working with patients in the fields of mental health, learning disabilities, dementia care or stroke and have an innovative idea to tackle a problem facing their service. This is your chance to test out a new way of working, get an idea off the ground, or start to do things differently for the benefit of your patients.
A panel of seven assessors, comprising members of the Charitable Funds Advisory Group and members of the Awyr Las Support Team, will score the shortlisted applications. The projects that score highest will be successful in obtaining a Hearts & Minds grant. The maximum number of successful applicants will depend on the amount of money requested by each applicant, but a minimum of five projects will be awarded a maximum of £1,000 each.
The panel wants to see projects that are new and exciting. The grants can’t be used to fund ongoing work, or a project that has been done before in exactly the same way.
When it comes to choosing who will get a grant, the projects that address the following assessment criteria will score highest:
- The total number of patients that could benefit
- The type of patient that could benefit – this grant scheme is designed to support the most vulnerable people
- The sort of benefit patients will receive and how this will improve their experience
- How innovative the idea is
- How likely it is to make a difference, improve quality, and enhance care - and the evidence provided to support this
- Whether or not there are plans to continue the project after the initial £1,000 grant, and if there is a fundraising plan in place to support this
- How robust the method of monitoring and evaluating the project is
How to apply
Complete the application form below in full. You must get the necessary authorisation before submitting your application – see question 6 in the FAQs below.
Applications must be received by midday on Friday the 30th of November. Applications received after this will not be considered for shortlisting.
When will we know?
We will let you know by 5pm on Friday the 7th of December whether your idea has been selected to receive a Hearts & Minds grant.
- Is my ward, service or department eligible? All BCUHB wards, services and departments are eligible to apply, as long as the project will benefit mental health, learning disabilities, dementia care or stroke patients, or the project you want to fund contributes to early intervention and/or prevention in these healthcare areas.
- Is there anything in particular you want to see in an application? All ideas are welcome – but remember that this grant scheme is designed to support the most vulnerable people, so the panel wants to see ideas the will benefit mental health, learning disabilities, dementia care and stroke patients.
- Can I apply if my ward, service or department doesn’t have an Awyr Las fund? Yes - but if you get a grant, you may want to consider setting one up to continue your project after the initial £1,000 is spent.
- Can you help me to fill in the form? Absolutely – if you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01248 384395 (WHTN 1746 4395).
- What will I need to do if my ward / service / department is successful? We will contact you with the next steps – you will be expected to complete a short evaluation report after the money is spent and prepare a case study for social media, along with photos and a testimonial from a beneficiary, but the Awyr Las Support Team will help you with this.
- Who needs to authorise my application? If you already have a fund, you will need to get your application form signed by a Fund Advisor before you submit it. If you don’t have a fund yet, you will need authorisation from a Band 6 member of staff or senior. If you’re unsure who to ask, please speak with us before submitting your application - email@example.com or 01248 384395 (WHTN 1746 4395).