SolidariTee is seeking applications for its Grant Program for non-governmental organisations providing empowering, lasting forms of aid to refugees and other forcibly displaced people.
This year, their mission through their grant funding is specifically to bridge the gap between legal aid and MHPSS (mental health and psychosocial support) to create impactful, lasting change, and in doing so, to mitigate some of the psychological harms that are inherent within the asylum process.
- SolidariTee has £120,000 available to disburse within the current grant cycle.
- They anticipate splitting this into 3 grants of £30,000, and 2 additional grants of £15,000, but this may be subject to change dependent on the applications received. They will choose a minimum of 3 organisations to fund.
- Grant funding will be disbursed between December 2022 and October 2023, in installments to be decided with each NGO.
- Their core objective for this grant cycle is to facilitate a more trauma-informed approach to supporting people navigating the asylum process in Europe, to ensure long-term access to rights and protection from harm.
- Applications from legal aid actors are welcomed, even if they do not have a specific MHPSS function (such as a psychologist team) within the organisation itself. However, a core selection criterion for this funding cycle will be aimed at ensuring that the legal services provided are being offered in a traumainformed way, with collaboration and input from MHPSS actors being highly prized.
- Applications from MHPSS actors are also welcomed – this could include teams of psychologists and/or psychiatrists, in addition to protection and social work in the broader sense. When assessing these applications, their core selection criteria will include a focus on ensuring that these MHPSS services are being provided with an acknowledgement of, and in coordination with, legal aid and a person’s experiences of the asylum process.
- Note: MHPSS services provided in isolation, without collaboration with legal aid actors and/or due regard to the asylum process itself, will likely not fall within SolidariTee’s priorities for funding.
- Community centres providing activities with a positive impact on mental health such as art therapy, sports, or educational classes, are likely to fall outside the scope of SolidariTee’s grant funding unless they are explicitly linked to work being done to support people before, during and/ or after the asylum process itself. Medical actors who do not have a specific psychological or psychiatric component will also be ineligible to apply.
- During this grant cycle, SolidariTee is focusing its funding on NGOs working in Europe. The country/ies of operation do not need to be part of the EU (NGOs operating in Turkiye & countries in the Western Balkans are eligible to apply), but NGOs primarily operating in the UK are ineligible.
- Structure of organisation
- Non-governmental, non-profit organisations are eligible to apply, provided they have the legal right and necessary permissions to operate in their region/s of activity. For-profit organisations are ineligible, as are individuals not applying on behalf of a specific organisation – they are unable to provide grant funding to people seeking financial support to enable them to volunteer abroad.
- Financial Position of NGO
- Organisations with a turnover of more than £1 million GBP (or the equivalent in currency) are ineligible to apply. Organisations with a turnover of between £600,000-£1m should note that, with SolidariTee funding contributing to less than 5% of their turnover, applications should clearly state the difference that this relatively small contribution to the budget will make.
For more information, visit https://www.solidaritee.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant