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The Baring Foundation

Grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 are available for projects across the UK that promote creativity among men from ethnically diverse backgrounds who have a mental health issue.

Who can apply: UK arts organisations, community groups, museums, registered charities, social enterprises (including Community Interest Companies) with a track record of delivering creative opportunities to people with mental health problems for at least two years. and an annual income of over £75,000 over the last couple of years.

Key Words: Arts, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), Global Majority, Lived Experience, Mental Health, Racially-based Discrimination, Traveller Communities, United Kingdom.

The Baring Foundation has reopened its Arts and Mental Health Programme, this time with a specific focus on projects that promote creativity among men from ethnically diverse backgrounds who have a mental health issue.

The Arts and Mental Health Grants Programme is intended to provide funding for Global Majority-led arts organisations to develop creative work with people faced with mental health issues and challenges. The term ‘Global Majority’ normally refers to people who are Black, African, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and/or have been racialised as ‘ethnic minorities’. For the purposes of the Baring Foundation’s Arts and Mental Health Grants Programme, ‘Global Majority’ means communities that experience racism in the UK, including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Grants should be used to provide participatory creative activities for men living with mental health issues, mostly from Global Majority communities. It is also hoped that the Fund will help address the under-representation of artists from ethnically diverse backgrounds working in arts and mental health.

The Foundation is particularly looking to fund projects which provide new and attractive creative opportunities for men who are not already taking part, and target those men who are least likely otherwise to take part.

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