Sir Norman Lamb Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund

Funding available

The Sir Norman Lamb Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund is open only to members of the Sir Norman Lamb Coalition for Young People.

The programme is focused on strengthening and enhancing community youth provision to support the mental wellbeing and resilience of children and young people in Norfolk.

If you wish to find out more about the benefits of membership and how to join, you can read more here.

Funding available

£70,000 is available to award grants of up to £5,000 in support of activities addressing one of the fund priority areas:

  • Counselling – The provision of counselling services / 1 to 1 therapeutic interventions to young people (these must be accredited)
  • Open access or targeted youth work – youth work approaches for young people aged 11+ that must include interventions that actively support young people’s mental health*

*We are looking for youth work that meets best practice in respect of young people’s participation, the provision of information, advice and support, appropriately qualified and supervised staff/volunteers, the provision of safe and confidential spaces, and wider community engagement.

Activity may be a continuation/enhancement of existing provision, or a new/pilot activity in response to evidenced need.

How to apply

To apply, complete the online expression of interest form linked below.

If shortlisted, we may contact you for further information to complete your application. If you are applying to the Fund for the first time, we will arrange an online meeting with you to further discuss your funding request.

When to apply

The Fund is now closed. The deadline for expressions of interest was 12 noon, Wednesday 3rd January 2024. We expect grants to be awarded in early March 2024.

The Fund can support activity starting at any time between 1st April 2024 and 31st August 2024. Regardless of the start date, grants can fund one year of activity, and must be fully spent by 31st August 2025.

This funding may be right for you if:
  • You are a member of the Sir Norman Lamb Coalition for Young People
  • Your activity addresses one of the fund priority areas
  • You are seeking project costs or costs relating to the ongoing needs of your group (i.e. core costs). Requests can include small “portable” capital items and equipment to aid the delivery of activities e.g. IT equipment, sports or arts materials, etc.
  • You are willing to contribute to a shared evaluation process
  • We particularly welcome applications for your ongoing activity
This funding is not right for you if:
  • You are not a member of the Sir Norman Lamb Coalition for Young People
  • Your activity does not address one of the fund priority areas
  • You are looking for large capital (building) costs
  • New members of the Coalition are unlikely to be funded in their first year of membership

Schools-based Projects

Many Coalition members have longstanding relationships with schools in their area, and we know these partnerships can be a great pathway to engage and support young people.

However, there are some schools-based projects this funding is not able to support.

The Fund can support:
  • Projects delivered in school to support pupils outside of school hours and where alternative venues are not easily accessible (e.g. after school youth groups or activities)
  • 1:1 support, such as counselling, delivered in school and during schools hours, particularly where young people are encouraged/supported to link to the work of the VCSE group in the community
The Fund cannot support:
  • Schools-based projects where the project has previously been funded by the school
  • Short term or new schools-based projects where the aspiration is to seek future funding from the school to sustain the project

Call for Applications


Maximum Grant


Who can apply?

Members of the Sir Norman Lamb Coalition for Young People are eligible to apply.

Eligible Area

Breckland, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, North Norfolk, Norwich, and South Norfolk

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