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.

The Make Tiny Changes Fund 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 world needs your ideas and we want to hear them. It might be something no one has ever tried before. Or maybe they have and you want to try for yourself. The idea might fail and that’s okay because we’ll learn so much. It might succeed and that would be totally amazing.

The Make Tiny Changes Fund is our pilot grant programme that supports innovative ideas with up to £5000. Your project 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.

You can can apply for £500 or £5000 or something in between to fund your idea. It might be small or big, simple or complex and we want to hear about it. Using our powerful community we will share and celebrate the changes you make to raise awareness and continue our learning.

What do I need to know?

You can apply for this fund if you are a young person yourself, or someone who works directly with young people. Or you can apply as a local nonprofit group or a charity based in the Scottish Borders.

Your idea can be anything that supports young people’s mental health, as long as it is not related to party politics, religion, is part of a bigger project, retrospective funding for a project that has already happened, or funding to start a business or social enterprise.

Unfortunately we won’t be able to fund every proposal we receive. All applications will be reviewed by the Tiny Changes team and a small group of young people. If we believe your project has potential and supports our mission, then your funding will be approved and we can get started helping you transform your ideas into impact.

Sounds great! How do I apply?

First, we need you to tell us briefly about you and your idea. If your proposal looks like a good fit, we’ll ask you to complete our interactive online application. The process has been designed to make this as easy, accessible and enjoyable as possible. Whether you prefer to write, speak, sign, or draw, our application process celebrates creativity and encourages flexibility. You have 4 weeks to complete the application but you can save, edit and ask for help at every step of the way.

If you are under 16 you will need an adult to support your application. If you have any difficulty please do get in touch:

We believe in you and can’t wait to find out about your unique idea.

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.

So let’s get started. Tell us about you and your idea...

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much money is available?

We will give you between £500 and £5000 to help turn your idea into impact. We will support roughly 10 ideas through this initial pilot round of funding in 2020.

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 we’ve spent most of our 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. You will need to submit your ideas by the announced deadline, and will have around four weeks to complete your 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. All we ask is 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?

Before we send you the online application form we need you to send us some details above to check your idea is a good fit. That way you don’t have to do loads of work only to find out we can’t help you with it. You don’t need to tell us everything in your proposal, this is not a test of your idea, just to check that it is a good match. If your proposal looks good then we will send you a link to the full online application to complete.

If you are having any difficulty at all please email us and tell us what you need. We want to make it as easy as possible for anyone to apply so we’ll do whatever we can to help.

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