Small ideas with big impact

We want to make young minds feel better.

But we can only do that with your help. We invest in new and existing projects and frameworks, fund research and support innovation that will improve young people’s mental health.

Tiny Changes funding is one way that we can support lots of tiny change makers like you to make a big impact on the mental health of children and young people.

What is the Make Tiny Changes Fund?

The Make Tiny Changes Fund is our pilot grant programme – launched in 2020 – that supports innovative ideas with up to £5,000. Funded projects will help improve attitudes and services around the mental health of young people aged 30 or under in communities across the Scottish Borders. In future we will fund projects throughout Scotland.

Sounds great! How can I get involved?

We are no longer accepting new applications for the Make Tiny Changes Fund.

We’re looking for passionate young people under 30 to help us decide which projects to fund. If that sounds like you, email us at or send us a DM on social media @tinychanges.

Tell us about you and your idea.

Invitation to complete our online application.

Application is reviewed.

Successful ideas are awarded.

Your idea begins.

Tell us the change your idea made.

If you applied for the Make Tiny Changes Fund in 2020, thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much money is available?

Successful Make Tiny Changes Fund projects will be awarded £500 and £5000 to help turn an idea into impact. We will share the stories behind these projects on our blog in 2021.

Why does the fund only support young people in the Scottish Borders?

The Scottish Borders is an area close to our hearts, it’s where the Hutchison family have spent most of their lives and somewhere we think we can help make an immediate impact. By starting with a focused area we can learn and grow, so that funding can open up to people all over Scotland in future.

How long does the process take?

We expect the process from idea to impact to take around 12 months, but it may be shorter. Applicants have around four weeks to complete their full application, which should only take around 1-2 hours to complete. We will then take around one month to review and let you know our final decision.

How do you decide who is awarded?

We will not be able to fund every idea we receive. Once all of the applications are completed they will be reviewed by the Tiny Changes team and a small group of young people, to ensure they help achieve our mission of making young minds feel better. Young people are crucial in our decision making process to make sure that your ideas are going to make a real difference to young minds.

What do I need to give you?

If you are invited to apply for funding we will send you a link to the online application form which will detail all the information you need to fill out and provide.

What happens if my application is successful?

You will receive an email confirming your successful application. Funds will be transferred shortly after to your nominated bank account so you can get started. We ask that you keep us updated on your project and after twelve months tell us how you spent the money and what impact it had. If you need our help along the way we will be here to answer any questions or give you advice if you need it.

What happens if my application isn’t successful?

You will receive an email confirming that you were not successful with feedback as to why. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean your idea isn’t a good one, it just means we don’t think Tiny Changes can support you at this time. You are always welcome to apply again when we open up future rounds of funding.

What if I need more funding?

Please ask. If your idea is going really well but needs more money than you expected to make an impact then we want you to tell us. If we think a little more money will help then we’ll make sure you get it.

I can’t access the application form. How should I apply?

We’re not accepting any new applications for the Make Tiny Changes Fund. Please keep an eye on

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