Baring Foundation – Arts and Mental Health Programme

Deadline 21st April 2021

The Baring Foundation are funding arts organisations in the UK for projects that promote the role of creativity in the lives of people with mental health problems from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 are available.

The funding is intended to support two approaches:

  • The first approach is around positive action and is to find ways to attract participatory artists from ethnically diverse communities into this area of work and to support them. Examples might include shadowing, internships or apprenticeships, or mentoring or free training opportunities. Always ensure that you stay within the guidance of what is permissible under the law for positive action. The funding can pay for reasonable legal fees for those who are unclear about what is legally permissible.
  • The second is to undertake activity to offer creative opportunities to members of specific ethnically diverse communities who have mental health problems. A number of examples of such work are cited in the Foundation’s report Creatively Minded and Ethnically Diverse. The funding is not for qualified arts therapy.

Any combination of these approaches is acceptable.

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