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The Ideas Fund Application Form

Thanks for your interest in applying to The Ideas Fund! The Ideas Fund has been set up to help communities address problems related to mental wellbeing by connecting them with research professionals so they can work together to bring their ideas to life, and both build new skills and relationships.

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We will use the information collected in this form to process your application for The Ideas Fund, and keep a record of applications and successful grantholders throughout the programme. We will share your application with others involved in the decision-making and due diligence process for the Fund. This may include Development Coordinators, members of our decision making panel, Wellcome Trust or our finance partners at Crossley. We may also share information from your application with The Ideas Fund learning partners. We will keep personal data from your application in our central system for up to two years, or three years after the end of your grant if you are successful. For more information about how we use your data, you can find our privacy policy here.

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The Ideas Fund Application Form

When you’re ready to begin you can use the next and previous page buttons to move between the questions, and answer them in any order. You can save your progress and resume your form at a later time. When you’ve answered all of the questions, you can submit your application on the final page. Don’t forget to submit before 12 midday on May 14th 2021!

Click here to download the full list of questions, which you can use if you want to prepare your answers before completing the form online.

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Project Location 


We will be funding projects in the Highlands and Islands that are covered by the Highland Council, Moray Council, Comhairlenan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council), Orkney Islands Council, Shetland Islands Council, Argyll and Bute Council areas along with the Isles of Arran and Cumbrae.

We will be funding projects in Hull that are covered by the Hull City Council area.

We will be funding projects in North West Northern Ireland that are covered by the Derry and Strabane District Council area.

We will be funding projects in Oldham that are covered by the Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council area.


Exclaimation markWe are only funding projects that will be delivered in the listed areas. If you would like to sign up to hear about our learning from this Fund and any future funding opportunities, please click the button below.

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Don’t forget, we’re looking to support projects relating to mental wellbeing which involve working with a researcher. Did you include the following in your answer:


• Have you clearly explained your idea?

• What activities will you do? 

• Are you partnering with any other organisations?

• How does the project involve a researcher?


Including these points will help us understand your idea.

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Are you applying for an early stage idea, or a developed idea?


Early Stage Idea (Up to £25k)

This is a project which is small in scale, involving the development of an idea or concept.

Developed Idea (Over £25k) 

 This might be building on work you've done already, and if successful we’ll ask you to send us a project plan after the decision.


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Did you include the following in your answer:


• Did you describe your community?

• Who will you be working with?

• How many people will you be working with in your project?


Including these points will help us to understand your idea.

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Did you include the following in your answer:


• Tell us about your role in the community.

• Who have you discussed your idea with and how did you gather feedback? 

• What was their feedback and how has it been included?


Including these points will help us understand your idea.


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Watch our video about an example project, iWoman, below.


Did you include the following in your answer:

• Who is the researcher/research team and what is their experience? 

• Have you carried out any work together already?

• How do you expect to work together on the project?

• Have you told us what you both bring to the partnership?

• What skills will the community develop by working with the researcher/s?

• What skills will the researcher/s develop by working with the community?

Including these points will help us understand your idea.


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Watch how the iWoman project did this below.


Did you include the following in your answer:

• What changes do you hope to make with your project?

• How might you measure the changes for the community?

• How might you measure the changes for the researcher?

Including these points will help us understand your idea.

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Tell us about your budget

Please use the boxes below to add any items you will spend your budget on. Our calculator will add them up for you and display the total amount you are requesting below. You can add additional item boxes by clicking 'Add another response' below:





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Click here for our handy PDF about what we will and won't fund:Download


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How long will your project last?


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We don’t expect you to have all the answers, but we’re interested to understand if your project could be delivered online and how you might safely conduct your project if there’s another lockdown or with social distancing.

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We won’t be assessing your answer to this question. We just want to know if there’s anything else that could really benefit your project, so that we can try to put this in place if your application is successful.

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Submit Application

Are you ready to submit your application?

If you want to check your answers, you can use the ‘previous page’ button below to visit previous pages and make any changes. If you want to save your application and come back to it later, you can click the ‘Save my progress’ button at the top or bottom of the page.  


Submission 1 Make sure you submit your application before 12 midday on 14 May 2021.


Submission 2 If you are finished and ready to send us your application, press the ‘submit’ button below.