Men's mental health grants

We are looking to fund a small number of projects which aim to improve the mental health and wellbeing of middle aged men who live or work in Knowsley. Grants are available for up to £5,000.

Around one in eight men have a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression. However, evidence suggests, men are less likely to seek support or disclose their mental health problems to family or friends. If problems are left unaddressed they can be severe and long-lasting and have a big impact on an individual’s ability to cope with life.
In Cheshire and Merseyside, eight out of every 10 suicides are male. With middle-aged men from lower socio-economic backgrounds more vulnerable to death by suicide. This may be due to a number of factors such as; masculinity, unemployment, relationship breakdown and lack of social support.

With this in mind, we are looking to fund a small number of projects which aim to improve the mental health and wellbeing of middle-aged men who live or work in Knowsley. We will also consider applications that involve men of all ages, but the main focus of your application must be targeted and involve middle aged men.
This programme has been made possible with one-off match funding from. NHS England grant funding via the Cheshire & Merseyside Suicide Prevention Implementation Group and Knowsley Council.

What’s the criteria?

Applications are welcomed from groups/organisations were proposals demonstrate how they will meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Involve a significant proportion of middle aged men in the proposed activities
  2. Involve men who have ‘lived experience of mental health problems’ in the co-production of the proposed activities
  3. Support men to feel capable and confident to talk about mental health
  4. Contribute towards a reduction in attempted and completed suicides in men
  5. Provide men with the information and encouragement to access NHS services and/or get help in a crisis
  6. Enable men to identify their own thoughts and behaviours which may lead to a worsening mental health problem in either themselves or others and know how to manage this

Who can apply?

Applications must be from a ‘not for profit’ organisation, for example a community group, charity, voluntary organisation, social enterprise or a community interest company based within the borough of Knowsley.

The group or organisation must:

  • Run along democratic lines, involve group members in making decisions and have an open access policy towards membership and adhere to equality and diversity standards / practices
  • Have in place appropriate levels of insurance, risk assessments, health and safety policies and safeguarding policies including necessary DBS checks
  • Have a constitution/set of rules or indicate that they are working towards this
  • Have a bank account in its own name with a minimum of two signatories and be able to submit a bank statement dated within the last three months

What are the exclusions?

We are unable to fund the following:

  • Individuals
  • Private businesses
  • Beneficiaries from outside the Knowsley area
  • Activities which take place outside of Knowsley
  • Activities which have already taken place or are due to start before you have been given notification of funding awarded
  • Groups or organisations who have a political affiliation, religious activities or anything that is not consistent with Knowsley Council’s corporate objectives or support the delivery of the Council’s Better Together principles
  • Suicide prevention specific training and specialist counselling will not be considered unless deemed as a core component of a programme of activity to improve wellbeing and resilience skills in middle aged men
  • Activities which are considered to be part of the organisations normal day to day running costs such as core capital or wages.
  • Transport costs unless there is a particular specialist need which will be considered on a case by case basis
  • Proposals linked to activities that go against health guidance. The panel would take into account expert medical opinion in making decisions
  • IT equipment. For example; computers, software and internet connections
  • Regular bill payments for example; electricity, water or telephone bills

Application deadline

Friday 27 March 2020
Please ensure your application form is submitted by email or post before or on the deadline date. Late applications will not be accepted.

What do we require from you at this stage?

  • A completed application form with all questions answered
  • Copies of quotations as appropriate
  • A bank statement dated within the last three months
  • A copy of your constitution or set of rules

You do not need to send in any other additional documents at this stage such as policies or insurance certificates. If successful, we may ask you to provide evidence of this.
Please note, failure to adhere to the above may result in your application being rejected.

What happens after my application has been submitted?

We will acknowledge receipt of your application via the email address supplied on the application form. Applications will otherwise not be acknowledged.
Your application will be logged on our database and will be assessed by a specialist panel. You will receive a letter informing you of the decision. Please note we are unable to tell you the outcome of the decision over the telephone.
Please allow four weeks from the deadline date for your application to be assessed. Please note, we cannot award grants for activities which have already taken place or are due to start before your application has been awarded funding. We would expect your activity to commence within six to eight weeks of the grant being released. 
Successful applicants will receive the grant by electronic bank transfer.

How will my application be assessed?

As funding is limited, it is possible that not all applications will be funded. We will make decisions on the basis of how well your application fits the overall application guidelines and as listed below. All decisions are final and there is no appeal process. 

Applications will be assessed on the following:

  • How clearly your proposal meets ALL of the criteria on page 1, including an evidence of need and impact on mental health and wellbeing
  • How the impact on mental health and wellbeing will be recorded and measured
  • How the activity contributes towards helping people to feel part of their community and socially connected to others

Conditions of funding

Successful applicants must:

  • Sign and return the issued funding agreement
  • Agree to evaluation and monitoring which will vary depending on the amount awarded. This will be stated in the funding agreement
  • Be ready to start their proposed activities within six to eight weeks of the funding being released
  • Acknowledge the support of Knowsley Men’s Mental Health and Wellbeing monies received from NHS England grant funding via the Cheshire & Merseyside Suicide Prevention Implementation Group and Knowsley Council
  • Produce evidence of insurance, risk assessments, safeguarding, DBS checks and other associated policies upon request


If you would like to discuss your ideas before you submit an application or would like a copy of the application form in another format or language, please contact:

Emma Thomas
Public Health

Knowsley Council
Archway Road
L36 9YU

Tel:  0151 443 4987

Please return your completed application form by email to
Or by post:
Emma Thomas 
Public Health 
Knowsley Council
Municipal Building
Archway Road, Huyton
L36 9YU

Download an application form