Arts organisations offering creative opportunities to people with mental health problems can apply for grants to support their work as part of a new £900,000 funding programme.
The Baring Foundation is offering the grants to established organisations – including theatre companies and practitioners – which focus on working creatively with adults or children with mental health issues.
There is no limit on the amount of money that organisations can apply for, but the foundation envisages each grant being between £12,000 and £15,000.
This is the first round of funding in what the Baring Foundation says will be a “long-term commitment to funding arts and mental health”. The foundation plans to expand its funding criteria in future to include organisations that are not eligible in the first round.
A spokeswoman for the foundation said: “The Baring Foundation is delighted to announce our first funding call in a long-term commitment to funding arts and mental health.
“While this year we are supporting organisations for whom this work is their sole purpose, we will expand beyond this starting place as we know that a great deal of valuable work is being done by many other organisations as well.”