Mental health curriculum in education settings grant funding

Overview of the requirement

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) would like to offer Warwickshire maintained nurseries, primary, secondary, special schools and colleges the opportunity to bid for one-off grant funding to develop mental health curriculum in education settings. This grant funding will support children and young people to build their resilience and set their own goals focusing on their strengths and abilities.

WCC is looking to fund schools up to the value of £2,000. Bids must be a minimum of £500. The total value of the fund overall is £250,000.

Background

WCC Mental Health Curriculum in Education Settings Grant Funding is one-off funding aimed at maintained nurseries, primary, secondary, special schools and colleges to support the development of positive mental wellbeing behaviours in children and young people in Warwickshire.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on children and young people’s mental health. There is growing concern regarding negative impacts in youth populations, with lockdowns damaging social connections, learning and disrupting people’s ability to engage in usual coping mechanisms, and routine access to mental health and other support services.

The introduction of Relationships, Health and Sex Education (RSHE) as a subject became compulsory in primary and secondary schools in September 2020, although the government has given an extension until summer 2021 to schools who are not yet able to because of the pandemic we hope this grant funding will help support schools to develop initiatives to support the implementation of mental health into the curriculum.

Please note: All monies awarded as part of this funding application process will be transferred to the successful setting by end of March 2022 and must be spent within 12 months from award.

Intended outcomes and benefits

The Mental Health Curriculum in Education Settings Grant Funding is designed to support educational settings and education colleagues achieve the following outcomes:

  • Children & young people will be supported through the curriculum to build their resilience and positively manage their mental wellbeing
  • Children & young people will be supported to set their own mental wellbeing goals, focussing on their strengths and abilities
  • Staff will be supported to develop their confidence in delivering a mental health curriculum
  • Education settings will have a comprehensive and accessible mental health curriculum
  • Education settings will have an environment that supports positive mental wellbeing

Objectives

The fund will be available for education settings to access money for the following priority objectives:

  • Training and teaching resources (e.g., lesson plans, assemblies)
  • Physical resources (e.g. models of the brain, yoga mats, wellbeing rooms)
  • Staff time to be able to develop the resources and timetable

Further reading

The following link may provide supporting evidence that could help you complete the application form:

Launch of grant funding

The grant funding opens on Tuesday 4 January 2022 and closes Monday 17 January 2022 at 5pm. A second round of funding may be available if the funding is not all allocated in the first round.

Who can apply for funding

  • Maintained nursery schools
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Special schools
  • Colleges

Please note: Only one application form can be submitted per educational setting in round one. A second round of funding may be available if the funding is not all allocated in the first round, which may allow education settings to apply for additional funding.

Who cannot apply for the funding

  • Independent schools
  • Alternative provision providers
  • Private early years settings and childminders
  • Individuals
  • Party Political Groups
  • Organisations with significant ‘free uncommitted reserves’
  • NHS Trusts
  • County Council or District, Borough, Town & Parish Councils

What will not be funded by the Mental Health Curriculum in Educational Settings Grant Funding

  • Projects that promote religious or party-political beliefs
  • Projects for personal profit
  • Social trips or holidays
  • On-going running (core) costs for the setting
  • Counselling or other therapies
  • Extra curriculum activities

How to apply

Complete the Microsoft form below.

(To be published January 2022)

Update on application

Successful / unsuccessful applicants will be notified of decision, dependent upon the number of applications made we will keep you up to date on timescales with updates on this page.

Any queries relating to this grant funding please contact: mentalwellbeingfunds@warwickshire.gov.uk

Evaluation

Each organisation that successfully applies for Mental Health Curriculum in Educational Settings Grant Funding must support the evaluation process, which includes

  • Provide two progress updates (at 6 months and 12 months)
  • Progress updates to include both qualitative and quantitative sources of feedback on how outcomes, benefits and objectives have been met by the funding proposal
  • WCC reserves the right to request a full breakdown of expenditure and receipts