To be eligible for the programme, you must be a partnership of at least two organisations.
One or more of these organisations must be a third sector organisation. This can mean one of the following:
- voluntary or community organisation
- registered charity
- constituted group or club
- social enterprise or Community Interest Company
- not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
One or more of these organisations must be a public sector organisation. Examples of public sector organisations include, but are not limited to:
- local health boards
- police forces
- town, parish or community councils
- local authorities and departments of local authorities which can include:
- youth services
- youth justice services
- social services.
If you’re not sure if one or more of your partner organisations are eligible, you can contact us to discuss this.
Your partnership must have the skills to empower young people and be able to influence changes to existing systems and services.
If you’re invited to apply, we’ll ask one organisation to complete the application on behalf of your partnership. You can decide which organisation in your partnership is best placed to do this. The applying organisation must:
- not pay another organisation to complete the application on their behalf
- have a management committee with at least three unrelated members aged 18 years or over (if the applying organisation is a third sector organisation).
By related, we mean:
- married to each other
- in a civil partnership with each other
- in a long-term relationship with each other
- living together at the same address
- related by blood.
The following cannot be included in your partnership:
- sole traders
- companies that are aimed at generating profits primarily for private distribution
- organisations based outside the UK .
We use ‘resilience’ to refer to the ability to bounce back from difficult times. It’s something we all need to cope with and manage life’s ups and downs. It’s especially important for young people to manage the stresses and challenges that come with significant life changes, from changing schools or entering the world of work, to the physical and emotional changes associated with adolescence.
Mentally healthy future
What a mentally healthy future looks like will be different for different communities of young people.
Some examples of what this could mean are:
- a future in which all young people in your community can thrive, whether they have a mental health problem or not
- a future in which communities, organisations, services and systems are working as well as possible to support young people’s mental health
- a future in which young people have access to everything they need to experience good mental health, cope with life and achieve their potential.
Mental health inequalities
We mean avoidable differences in mental health across the population and between different groups within society.
Some groups of young people are known to experience higher rates of mental health problems. Examples of this include (but are not limited to) Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) young people, LGBT+ young people, and young people from low-income households.
We’ve also seen how some groups of young people have struggled more with their mental health because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Often, these groups of young people are known to have experienced higher rates of mental health problems before the pandemic. For example, there’s very strong evidence to suggest young people from low-income households have struggled more with their mental health because of the pandemic, compared with young people from higher-income households.
The research on resilience has identified some key skills and resources that are known to help build people’s resilience. This means that people with access to these skills and resources are more likely to be able to bounce back from difficult times. We refer to these key skills and resources as resilience assets.
A place-based partnership will work with young people in a particular area or region of Wales. This could be as small as a neighbourhood or housing estate, or as large as a group of neighbouring local authorities.
Community of interest
By community of interest, we mean groups of people who have shared experiences or characteristics such as sexual orientation, ethnic background or experience of the care system.
In general, we mean people aged 11-25. However, you can choose to work with people who are younger than 11 or older than 25 in your project, if you have a good reason for doing so. We’ll ask you to tell us more about your approach to this as part of your application.
If you’re not sure if you can apply
Contact us. The team will be happy to help. You can also check what other funding programmes you might be able to apply to.