NSUN Covid-19 Fund Update

Update on the NSUN Covid-19 Fund – 21st August 2020: the fund has now closed.

The NSUN Covid-19 Fund was open for applications from the 30 April to the 30th June.

NSUN Covid-19 fund logo in yellow and blue
The following groups/organisations/collectives were awarded a grant.

361 Lifesupport
3 Starts
African Caribbean Forum Kent
Arts and Health Hub
Badass People Demystified
Boooom CIC
Bristol Disability Equality Forum
Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living
Breakdown Bolton
Bury Veterans Hub Cafe
By Your Side
Chesterfield Bipolar Group
Chime to Thrive
Chronically Awesome
CiLK (Centre for Independent Living (Kent))
Community Action to Inspire Hope
Community Enterprise East London
Community Network Group CIC
Compassionate Mental Health
Depression Xpression
EleMental Music
Empower the Invisible Project CIC
For Women
Free2B-Me LGBTQ+ Community Organisation
FruitCake Creatives
Hearts and Minds
Hive South Yorkshire
Humanity Concern Projects
Humber All Nations Alliance
Independent and Work Ready
Kashmiri Arts & Heritage Foundation
Let’s Talk About Loss
Mad Covid
Make it Happen
Make Space
Melancholy and Raving 
Men Up North
Meridian Women’s Association
Migrant Empowerment Group
Mom’s Mindful Hub
MSKT/BACA Whiteness and Race Equality network
National Hearing Voices Network
New Baby Network CIC
Nomad Radio
North East together
North Tyneside Disability Forum Ltd
On the Out
Organisation of Support and Advice for Religion and Culture (OSARC)
People Come First
People First
Pioneer LXP
PND Mummies CIC
Real Insight Consultancy UK CIC
Release into Victory
Rise and Shine
Rising Moments community project group
Safely Held Talking Learning Healing
Self-Injury Self Help
Self-Injury Support
Shaftesbury Mental Health Peer Support Group
Shining stars community group
SM Talking Circles
Surrey Coalition of Disabled people
Survivors of depression in transition
Survivors’ Poetry
SWAN (Supporting Women, Activities Network)
Taking Control of Psychiatric Medication Group
Talk for Health Chair and Share group
Talking Sense
The Clear Out Your Closet Collective
The Cultural Connection
The Octopus Foundation
The Sunshine Group
Traveller Pride
Waltham Forest Hearing Voices Group
We love carers
West London Somaliland Community

We received 381 applications in total, and initially awarded £60,000 to 78 organisations, groups and collectives. We were then able to provide 10 additional grants to existing grantees which were organisations led by and for people from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic communities. Thanks to an additional grant from Lankelly Chase, we then awarded an additional £10,000 to 10 organisations, groups and collectives. The total awarded was £120,000 to 88 organisations. The NSUN Covid-19 Fund was made available through a grant from Mind via the Department of Health and Social Care, and a grant from Lankelly Chase. The NSUN Covid-19 Fund was entirely managed by NSUN.

We will be evaluating the impact of the grant in September. As part of this we have asked 10 organisations or groups to produce a short video to talk about their work and how they adapted to the pandemic using the funding. The complete series is now available by clicking here.