The Mrs Smith & Mount Trust: The Mount Fund

Education & Employment Health & Social Care Local Grants

The Mrs Smith & Mount Trust make grants of up to £20,000 over two years to UK registered charities whose beneficiaries are in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey and London.

The Trust aims to assist disadvantaged people towards greater independence or a better quality of life. Their current priorities are:

Mental Health

The Trustees support registered charities working with people with mental health problems.

Applications for funding for counselling services will only be supported where such services are either free or very low cost (details should be provided) and where counselling is provided specifically to address mental ill health as it results from social disadvantage or discrimination. Evidenced measures for improving mental health in the target group will be sought.

Charities applying under this category will have annual income of up to a £1 million.  Smaller charities with incomes of up to £500,000, particularly those working in rural communities, could be considered for larger grants of up to £20,000 paid over two or more years under this category.

Homelessness

The Trustees are focusing their support under this category in the following areas:

1. Church and Community Shelters
The Trustees wish to encourage the establishment of Church and Community Shelters in areas where there is insufficient provision for rough sleepers. Applications are invited for a contribution of up to one half of the fee charged by Housing Justice for their “Shelter in a Pack” and/or a contribution to the cost of bedding and other equipment for the shelter, as well as for existing shelters seeking to attain the Housing Justice Quality Mark.

2. Advice and Support
The Trustees are also keen to assist charities working with people who are affected by or threatened with homelessness. The Trustees wish to encourage applications to fund caseworker/s providing direct support, for example, to help find suitable housing, navigate access to benefits or organising appropriate professional assistance.

3. Training and Employment
The Trustees also welcome applications from charities providing training or employment opportunities for people seeking to leave homelessness behind them and move into regular work.

Charities applying under this category will have annual income of up to £1 million. If your charity also provides accommodation, annual income must be less than £1 million after deduction of rental income/housing benefit.

Health in the Community

Under this category the Trustees are keen to support charities working to improve health in the community. This could include, but is not restricted to, groups working in areas such as:

• young people leaving care;
• people recovering from domestic violence; or
• people in food poverty.

The Trustees are particularly interested in supporting innovative models of care which promote maximum growth for beneficiaries, including group work and user led projects. Unfortunately, the Trustees are unable to consider projects working with people with dementia and other mental health problems under this category.

This category is for smaller registered charities (with income of less than £500,000) for services provided primarily to rural communities. The Trustees wish to provide fewer, larger grants under this category towards core funding and are inviting applicants to provide details of their most pressing requirements for funding and, how this will ultimately benefit the health of people in their community. 

Grants are given for projects; general running costs/core funding; salaries; advice services; furnishings/equipment; organisational development.

Deadline: Continuous rolling programme. The Trustees meet three times per year in March, July and November and application forms and supporting documentation must be submitted at least six weeks in advance of a meeting or by the date specified.

This fund is not managed by Funding for All. Please click ‘Find out more’ and contact the funder for more information.

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