The ARN Foundation - Mental Health Fund

The ARN Foundation is an independent Charitable Trust set up with the intent of supporting good causes across Northern Ireland.  The fund will be managed by the Community Foundation.  The ARN Foundation’s Mental Health Fund will support organisations to deliver projects in support of people affected by poor mental health.  There are a wide variety of ways to address mental health and wellbeing in Northern Ireland. Within this fund the ARN Foundation would like to continue to support projects that particularly encourage self-help initiatives, befriending schemes, and additional counselling resources in isolated areas, where there is limited access to such services.

With grant sizes of between £10,000 and £50,000, it is the ARN Foundations expectation that organisations working to address these issues will be able to plan for, and provide services over a two year period, enabling a more long term impact.

Examples of types of projects that may be supported by the ARN Foundation:

  • Suicide prevention activities and/or other preventative measures for people living in isolated and disadvantaged areas, in particular rural areas with limited access to services and facilities

  • Self help Initiatives that may teach relevant skills to overcome and better self-manage symptoms and related difficulties, generally with a cognitive, behavioural or problem solving approach, for example, mindfulness, Mood Matters; enabling individuals to better cope with and manage difficulties

  • General initiatives to improve access to community facilities for those with poor mental health including transport provision, if appropriate


  • Projects that promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing, and tackle the contributing factors of self-harm and suicide

  • Initiatives that directly support those most at risk, in particular, rurally isolated individuals, people who suffer from drug and alcohol misuse, LGBTQ, those suffering from financial stress, the bereaved, refugees and asylum seekers

  • The Fund will prioritise organisations with income levels of below £500,000 per annum

 Who can apply?

  • Registered charities within Northern Ireland


 The ARN Foundation will not support:

  • Individuals

  • Salary Costs - Sessional costs for projects such as tutor costs, venue hire  will be eligible

  • Trips outside Northern Ireland, holidays away, and one-off residentials

  • Funding for projects that have already started. The Trustees will, however, welcome proposals for financial support to continue an existing successful project, where funding is coming to an end, or to further develop an existing project to enable further impact.

How to apply

The application process will follow two stages:

  • Stage One: Initial online application via the Community Foundation’s website by 1:00pm on 7th May 2019.

  • Stage Two: Shortlisted applications will be invited to present their project to the ARN Foundation Trustees on 6th June 2019, at the Community Foundation’s Offices in Belfast.  This will consist of a ten minute presentation, followed by approximately ten minutes of discussion and questions from the ARN Trustees.

Guidance for applicants:

  • Applications must be completed online at

  • (Additional documents must be uploaded online along with the completed application, or emailed to [email protected] or posted to Community Foundation for NI, Community House, City Link Business Park, 6a Albert Street, Belfast, BT12 4HQ)

  • If you require any help with this application, please contact the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland Grants and Donor Care Team at 028 9024 5927.