Youth Advisory Panel launches new challenge fund


Youth Advisory Panel launches new challenge fund

The Spirit of 2012 Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) today launches a new Challenge Fund, calling for applications from organisations working to tackle mental health issues among young people in north-east England and Wales.

Every other year, the YAP are given responsibility for allocating money through their Challenge Fund to projects they feel will empower young people. They manage the entire process – from setting out the initial application criteria to making the final decisions on allocating funds.

“As Chair of the Spirit of 2012 Youth Advisory Panel, I am super excited to announce the new YAP Challenge Fund,” said Michaela Collins. “This is a unique funding opportunity opened up to organisations that help tackle the stigma of mental health in children and young people through the arts.”

According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in ten children and young people are affected by mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and conduct disorder. Yet 70% of those who experience mental health problems do not have appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

Spirit of 2012 has committed to investing £75,000 over two years to projects that can deliver lasting results for young people.

“With new applications, we hope to see innovative and creative ideas and approaches which have a strong focus on meaningful collaboration to maximise impact,” said Michaela.

Interested organisations should submit an expression of interest before 5pm on 5 February 2018. Details are on the Spirit of 2012 website.