£100,000 - £300,000
21 Sep 2021
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Comic Relief: The Smiles Fund

We are really pleased to be working with Walkers on The Smiles Fund. We are seeking proposals from organisations who share our belief that the arts and comedy can help start conversations and support positive outcomes for people’s mental wellbeing.

We believe that every person has the right to good mental wellbeing and support. We also believe in the power of humour and the potential for the arts and comedy to help bring about positive change for individuals and communities. We want to reduce the stigma and reinforce the importance of looking after our mental wellbeing, by supporting people to seek help at an early stage.

We want to support early intervention and community-based approaches which use participation in the arts and comedy to start conversations, promote positive social connections and help people build resilience to tackle life’s everyday challenges. We want to fund proposals which use the arts and comedy to have an intentional (rather than incidental) positive effect on outcomes for people’s mental wellbeing. Please note that this fund is for work with adults only (over 18).

The Smiles Fund by Walkers and Comic Relief is inviting proposals which use participation in the arts and comedy to challenge stigma and provide community-based support for people who are experiencing emerging symptoms of poor mental wellbeing at an early stage. Research during the Covid-19 pandemic shows that some groups have been the worst affected in terms of mental wellbeing and we are particularly keen to reach them as the effects of the pandemic continue to be felt. [2] [3] This includes, but is not limited to, people facing

  • discrimination and disadvantage
  • prolonged uncertainty and unemployment
  • emerging mental wellbeing challenges
  • loss and isolation

Please note that this fund is for work with adults (over 18) only and we will not be able to support applications for work with anyone under the age of 18.

If you make an application to The Smiles Fund, please clearly outline in your proposal how you will use an arts or comedy based approach to specifically and deliberately reach people who are currently experiencing the effects of the issues listed above, as well as raise awareness of the emerging signs and challenge stigma associated with poor mental wellbeing.