Consultant required: mental health funding programme


City Bridge Trust is seeking a consultant to undertake a short piece of work to support the development of a potential new mental health funding strand

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In response to Covid-19, City Bridge Trust temporarily closed some of our programmes to new applicants, while we focussed on supporting our current funded organisations and the collaborative London Community Response, delivering emergency funding in support of the voluntary sector.

As we reopen our grant programmes, we are taking the opportunity to review our funding priorities. Establishing a specialist mental health funding strand is being considered as part of this review.

Consultant timings

  • Apply by midday 19/05/22
  • Interviews on 26 or 27/05/22
  • Commission commences: week commencing 30/05/22
  • Deadline for delivering deliverables: 27/06/22

The consultant role

Reporting to the Mental Health Programme Working Group, the Consultant’s work will help City Bridge Trust decide what modes of psychological practice should be funded by this new potential programme for the voluntary sector and how to determine quality in the applications we receive. We want this programme to complement and not duplicate what is offered by statutory services as CBT only funds work delivered by charitable organisations.

The principle underpinning this specification is that we want to make longer-term  mental health practices, which are hard to access through statutory services, more accessible through our funding. We are also particularly interested in making this type of support more accessible to people from minoritized communities, who face more inequality and disadvantage. Finally, we want to ensure that the work we fund is delivered by qualified practitioners.

In addition, the principles and guidelines we commission will support City Bridge Trust’s Funding Managers in assessing potential applications to this new funding programme. This should help generalist Funding Managers to distinguish between services offering specialist psychological services, offered by a qualified practitioner, and non-specialist services. It should also provide Funding Managers with some benchmarks for assessing quality in applications to this funding stream.

Consultancy Brief

For more information, please see the Consultancy Brief: Mental Health Funding Strand