Background Information: The Mark McQueen Foundation has been set up by the McQueen family from Liverpool in loving memory of their son Mark.
What is the focus of the fund: The Foundation aims to support young men struggling with emotional and mental health issues.
How much is available: There are 4 levels of funding available to apply for which are as follows;
Up to £3000 for projects where a grant from the Foundation will cover the total project cost (or the majority of costs)
Match funding of up to 50% of the total cost of the project
The ‘underwriting’ of a community or charity event or project which may produce its own funding, with the Foundation agreeing to meet any shortfall in funds.
Grants of up to £6,000 a year for academic and social research into the topic of mental health and suicide, usually by invitation from the Mark McQueen
Who can apply: Voluntary or community groups with a constitution or set of rules in the group’s name, which includes CICs and social enterprises
Which areas are covered: Merseyside wide covering all boroughs
Any special criteria: Existing work may be funded where there is proven need for it although we cannot meet current costs where work is funded by other sources. Rent and other office type costs may be considered where they are part of a distinct project that funding is being requested for.
Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:
- Support groups and help-line/counselling services for young men, children, or young people with mental health issues
- Support for family and friends who have lost someone to suicide
- Campaigns for a positive mind-set change around mental health and suicide issues
- Research and information gathering projects and collaborations to support the improvement of mental health practice and prevention of suicide
- National or regional charities working in a local Merseyside setting on mental health and young men’s issues
- Extra curricular student activities to support students, especially those with mental health issues
- Projects and charities using the theme of music to work with young men or local musicians
- Projects tackling the issue of bullying with young people
- Local projects supporting unemployed young men into training and employment
The closing date is Monday 12 March 2018