Our Mission Statement
Our aim is to provide grants to other charities based and operating in the UK and involved in research and care in the fields of psychological, mental and neurological diseases and disorders.
Although we understand the necessity of securing core funding for charities, we wish, if possible to target our grant-giving to specific projects that will provide a measurable difference to the charities' users..
We are a small, family-based charity which distributes grants to other charities in our field of interest. Hence the name; we are just one element in the larger picture.
We were officially established and given our registered charity number on January 18th 2011 and made our first grants at the end of that Spring quarter.
We carry out a regular review of our grants and welcome applications from new organisations. We do not however, support individuals and will make the appropriate inquiries and on-site inspections of smaller groups who seek our support. We are equally less inclined to make grants to major charities who already have established income streams. That statement may seem incompatible with our history of giving so I would invite you to see the Grantees section below to get a feel for the kind of charities that we have supported so far.
Grants & Donations
We operate a dual strand application process whereby small grants and donations have a shorter application process and lower duty of reporting. This is intended principally for charities seeking either a small core funding donation or a minor grant for a specific project or item.
Charities seeking a major grant will be required to make a full formal application and will be expected to report on the outcomes of the grant after an appropriate period.
In either case the Trustees will assess the application and may downgrade or reject it outright.
Once granted, we aim to interfere as little as possible with the granted organisation, we believe that you should be left to get on with your job. With this in mind, we take governance seriously, and expect applicants to be able to demonstrate the organisation has up-to-date provisions in place in terms of both risk and governance.
Subject to approval by the Trustees, we generally offer first grants of between £500 and £5,000. We’re also happy to look at follow-on applications to existing grantees that have delivered on commitments. Although there are many worthy charities throughout the UK doing important work in their respective fields, we can't support them all. The hardest thing we do is turn down applications, so please make our lives a little easier and consider if you fit our target profile group (see our mission statement).
Please note that we only make grants to registered charities and not to individuals.
Like everyone, we’re busy. We do our best to make our processes as pain free as possible, both for yourself and for us, so please read the following carefully.
Please don't send any documents until asked to do so. We don't accept paper documents at all and use a shared Dropbox system into which you can upload requested documents in PDF format. This saves innocent trees, reduces shelf loading, ensures swift circulation of documents to the Trustees and means we assess more proposals. We can't stress enough how much we rely on PDFs which we use to share and archive documents. Grant updates following successful applications are also only accepted in PDF format.
How to Apply
Our staged process is intended to cut out unnecessary work on your part. You won’t be invited to submit a proposal unless we feel your charity is a good fit for us, and you won’t be invited to submit an application (following a successful proposal) if your proposal isn’t suitable.
- In the first instance please e-mail us using the contact form below with a brief outline of who you are, what you do and why you are seeking a grant from us. If we have granted money to you before and are seeking to make a follow on application, an initial email would also be much preferred.
- Following the initial email we’ll do some due diligence and get back to you with any questions we have. This is the point at which we do some detailed checks, we try to make sure that we’re not going to invite a proposal from you only to turn you down later.
- If we then invite you to submit a proposal, we’ll set up a shared Dropbox which you can upload documents into. These will include the proposal itself, your most recent accounts and any supporting documentation. We’ll check the documents and ask any follow up questions we have.
- The proposal will then be discussed at the next Trustees meeting, when we’ll decide whether to ask you to submit an application (with or without certain changes).
- The application process is a more formalised version of the above, and includes bank details etc. Once again, the application will be discussed at the Trustees meeting following receipt of the application. If successful, we’ll let you know within two weeks of the meeting.
- At this point you’ll sign an undertaking to use the grant for the agreed project and report back (usually twelve months after the grant). Following receipt of the acceptance form, the monies will be transferred.
- There's no time limit on your application. Take your time to do it right. That said, we want to get on with it as much as you do.
- The PDF Application Form has keyboard-completable answer boxes which will scroll down to provide extra insert lines should you have more information than space in the available box.
- Upload documents to the shared Dropbox. Please do not email or send any documents.
- Some questions require comprehensive answers which are probably available in your constitution, accounts or standard documents, in which case, please return your own documents or relevant parts thereof.
- Please make sure that you complete all questions and include ALL the requested documents.
Feel free to drop us a line using the form here. We can't guarantee that we'll get back to you immediately, but we'll try our best to get back to you in around a week.
For interest, here are some of the organisations we have supported. For many the support is ongoing.
Alzheimer Scotland's mission to make sure no one goes through dementia on their own. 'Let's Talk About It' is a new intervention in the Lothians which is helping achieve this. We identified a need for opportunities for people with dementia to have private one to one time with a skilled worker to help them come to terms with their inner thoughts and feelings. 'Let's Talk About It' addresses that need and is the first service of its kind that we have been able to offer, thanks to the support of The Pixel Fund.
Dementia at any age is difficult to deal with, but imagine you are in your 30s, 40s or 50s when you are told you have the condition. You may be working, have young children and have significant financial commitments. Suddenly your world and that of your family and friends is thrown into disarray.
This is where YoungDementia UK, an Oxfordshire based charity, comes in. We provide face to face support to people aged under 65 from the day of their diagnosis and support their family members, helping the whole family to come to terms with the difficult changes the condition brings. Meeting others who are experiencing similar circumstances can prove invaluable as a means of sharing mutual experiences and gaining support. YDUK organise over 70 social events and groups a year to enable younger people with dementia to socialise with family and friends at a variety of venues across Oxfordshire. Trained staff are always on hand who can offer help, advice and a listening ear. The sharing of experiences by peers in a caring and supportive environment enables new friendships to be made, lessening the social isolation felt by many younger people with dementia and those who care for them.
The generosity of the Pixel Fund has helped us to continue our programme of social events such as our regular Coffee & Chats, Walk & Talks and a monthly evening Café which provide such a vital opportunity for people affected by young onset dementia to go out, meet others and to feel well supported.
The Mind Infoline is a key source of support and information for people living with mental health problems, and their friends and family. In 2013-14 Mind responded to over 43,000 queries by phone, email and letter, from people in desperate need of information, advice, and support.
When people are worried about their mental health it can be difficult to ask for help and hard to feel hopeful about the future. Calling Mind Infoline can make a huge difference:
“I'm so grateful for the person who was actually on the other phone. I wanted to commit suicide before I called and after this I don't so it's very powerful, because I planned this for a long long long long time. So thank you, thank you, thank you thank thank you.”
PSPA is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting people living with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. PSP is a degenerative disease of the brain and nervous system which leaves people unable to move, speak or swallow unaided. Most people with PSP will die within about seven years. There is currently no cure or any effective treatment.
Having access to good local support can make a huge difference to the wellbeing and quality of life of someone with PSP, by relieving isolation and ensuring they can be cared for in their own home for as long as possible. But because the disease is little known, it can often be difficult for patients and their carers to get the services they need, and people often find themselves working ever longer hours looking after a loved one with very little outside help.
The Pixel Fund has helped to fund our Specialist Care Advisers, who work directly with individual patients and their carers, helping them to articulate their specific care needs, and championing them in their dealings with local health and social care providers. This will help ensure they can have access to the best possible support and do not have to face PSP alone.
Prism Arts is an inclusive arts charity and is based in Cumbria. Prism Arts delivers participatory arts projects that enable disabled people, young people and older people with dementia to participate in the arts. Our projects are always delivered by professional artists; this means that the quality of our work is very high. Our projects are shaped and led by our participants.
Since 1987 Prism Arts has initiated and supported hundreds of arts projects across Cumbria.
In 2013 we were delighted to be awarded funding from The Pixel Fund and Northern Rock Foundation to support our work with people with Dementia. The three year programme will deliver a new engaging programme of creative work designed for people with dementia and their carers living in and around Carlisle, as well as an outreach programme designed for older people in residential accommodation and those living in the surrounding rural villages across Cumbria.
Designability is a national charity joining expertise and knowledge to enhance people's lives.
We are engineering and design experts with a passion for creating life-changing assistive technologies. We conduct original research and develop commercial products that meet real needs.
We advocate better technology for everyone and believe inclusive design is the only way forward. We work with end-users, carers and health professionals to help us understand the problem, find a solution and test it in real life situations.
We create great looking, easy-to-use designs that go beyond basic functionality and we partner with industry to help as many people as we can – we've transformed over 250,000 lives in the last 46 years.
We are so grateful for the Pixel Fund's continued support. Their first donation supported our development work on our Kitchen Minder – a cooker safety device to prolong independence in the home for people living with dementia.
Their most recent donation, towards our Breathe project, is helping us develop a technological platform to provide daily guidance and support for informal caregivers. Family carers provide 80% of long term care to dependent older people in Europe and face a number of challenges in this work, including shortage of specific tools, problems coordinating care and other employment, stress and depression. The Breathe platform will provide an ICT-based solution for the caregiver and older people to mitigate these problems and improve quality of life.
The mission of Birmingham Children's Hospital Charities is to make things better for the children at Birmingham Children's Hospital, their families and the staff who treat them by providing additional facilities, equipment and research and by creating a caring environment for all who use the Hospital.
As one of only four standalone specialist children's hospitals in the UK, Birmingham Children's Hospital is a recognised centre of excellence with over 240,000 patient visits every year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer both general and specialised care not only to the children of the West Midlands, but to children and young people from across the country.
We are so thankful for the support that we have received from The Pixel Fund. The Pixel Fund has made 2 donations towards the Neurophysiology department at Birmingham Children's Hospital for some specialist equipment which has made such a difference to the children, young people and their families. Thank you!
Young Epilepsy is a national charity supporting the 112,000 children and young people under 25 living with epilepsy. We exist to improve the lives of children and young people to enable them to fulfil their potential and ensure they have the best quality of life. We create better futures for young lives by supporting families and promoting epilepsy awareness across the UK.
Thanks to generous funding from the Pixel Fund towards our Epilepsy Education for Schools (EE4S) programme we have been able to train more teachers and students about epilepsy and create teaching resources to educate children with epilepsy's peers about their condition, changing attitudes, reducing stigma and helping teachers identify and better understand the special educational needs of this group of young people. 95% of children with epilepsy struggle with cognition and/or behaviour which can negatively impact their education, but simple interventions by teachers can significantly reduce the inequality they face. We are delighted that the Pixel Trust chose to support our work with this disadvantaged, and often forgotten, group young people living with epilepsy.
The Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre provides professional therapy, services and support to anyone living with this condition.
There are no other ongoing support services available who specialise in this long term neurological condition so it has a vital part to play in the management of MS.
So many young people are diagnosed, we have two new members per week, who come to use for support and information in the first instance as they come to terms with the condition. If they need further therapy then this available at no cost, we only request donations towards the running costs of the Centre.
Our gym, which the Pixel Fund has helped support, has been a fabulous extension to our services, providing gym facilities to those unable to access outside facilities, do not require ongoing physiotherapy, but need regular exercise.
Footsteps Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for children affected by neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, enabling them to receive the intensive physiotherapy they need, regardless of whether their parents can afford private treatment or not. The charity provides funding towards the cost of the Footsteps therapy programme, which helps disabled children to maximise their physical, cognitive and developmental potential.
Footsteps Foundation gratefully received a grant from The Pixel Fund in December 2013, which is contributing towards the family grants project. The grant will enable Footsteps Foundation to fund 100 hours of intensive physiotherapy for children with neuro-motor disorders. It will enable families who would otherwise struggle to afford the unique therapy programme to access a three-week intensive session at The Footsteps Centre.
"Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a fatal, progressive disease that attacks the nerves that control movement, leaving people locked in a failing body, unable to move, walk, talk and eventually breathe. The MND Association invests in research to bring about an end to MND and supports people living with and affected by the disease, enabling them to receive the best care and achieve the highest quality of life possible. With the grant from the Pixel Fund we are able to provide communication aids to people living with MND, giving them the ability to communicate with friends and family and to remain connected the world around them. The communication aids we provide are wide ranging and tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual; ranging from a piece of software to make a laptop more easily accessible for someone with MND to state of the art Eyegaze technology, which allows the person to operate the computer simply by tracking the eye position. A communication aid provides more than conversation; it gives that individual a means of maintaining their independence for as long as possible and we are extremely grateful to the Pixel Fund for making this possible for people with MND."
"YoungMinds is the UK's only national charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people. 850,000 children and young people suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder but far too many of them live in fear, isolation and shame unable to get the help that they need. Their families suffer alongside them.
The Pixel Fund's very generous grant goes towards funding The Parents' Helpline, a free and confidential service for any adult concerned about the emotional wellbeing of a child or young person under the age of 25. Calls to the Helpline are often very serious concerning issues such as self-harm, attempted suicide, anxiety or depression and advisors offer the caller support and practical, informed help. Calls to the Helpline are increasing dramatically year on year reaching nearly 10,000 callers last year – a 30% annual increase. YoungMinds is very grateful for support from The Pixel Fund which will help us to meet this increase in demand."
"The North East Autism Society operates services covering care, education and family support for children and young people from across the North East region with autism and other profound multiple disabilities. The grant from the Pixel fund was used to purchase iPads to support learning and development at our new centre through the use of interactive and autism specific applications. These programs allow our service users to have more control of their own learning and social interactions. Already, within a few months use, we have seen significant improvements in communication and independence."
"Mind in Camden Hearing Voices Prison Project was launched in April 2010 to establish a London-wide network of Hearing Voices Peer Support Groups in prisons and secure units. These groups provide essential safe spaces for people to share these stigmatised experiences and find ways of coping with them. This network, the first of its kind, now includes four established groups, run in partnership with health and custodial staff working in the prisons, in HMP Holloway, HMP Wandsworth and HMP Bronzefield, and developing groups in HMP Pentonville and HMP Wormwood Scrubs. There are also established groups in several medium secure units.
The Pixel Fund grant will contribute to expanding the project to better meet the needs of young offenders in institutions in Greater London and the Home counties."
"Ashcroft Residential Unit provides CQC registered accommodation for an allocated period of time, this for women to work towards a level of recovery before being supported to move to appropriate independent living in the community.
We offer a wide range of specialist therapeutic and practical activities to re-establish life skills.
With the help from Pixel Trust we were able to provide drumming sessions for the women each week. This assists the women to work as a team, focus on others, the need to engage and co-operate with one another. It also assists the women as a means of distraction and an avenue for negative, or troubling thoughts."
"Meningitis is a devastating disease that can strike without warning and kill in hours. Meningitis UK works with families all over the country who have suffered the devastation of meningitis and aims to eradicate the disease through research and education. We are delighted to receive a grant from the Pixel Fund and will use the award to fund a brand new research project which aims to protect people from Meningitis B – one of the most common forms of the disease. The project is using an innovative new approach that could lead to more effective vaccines that can protect against a wide range of the Meningitis B bacteria. We hope that the findings from this project will ultimately help us to save lives in the future."
"The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is the leading UK charity fighting muscle wasting conditions. We are dedicated to beating muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions by finding treatments and cures and to improving the lives of everyone affected by them.
... thank you so much for the Fund's recent donation and for the increase on last year; it really does make a big difference."
"Music in Hospitals aims to improve the quality of life of people of all ages, with a range of conditions relating to illness or disability, through the provision of live musical performances delivered by professional musicians. The Pixel Fund are supporting our project in mental health units in Scotland to enable people experiencing mental ill-health, who have limited if any access to cultural stimulus, to experience the recognised therapeutic effects of high quality live music during their time in care."
In May this year the Mental Health Foundation launched a new pilot project focusing on people with dementia who live in sheltered or extra care housing. The aim of the project is to improve the quality of life of these vulnerable people by setting up, facilitating and evaluating the effectiveness of peer support groups. These groups will include activities and skills which have been designed to improve wellbeing as well as an introduction to practical and emotional coping strategies.
The grant from the Pixel Fund will enhance the project by providing a variety of specialist equipment such as item locator devices, orientation clocks and sensory and reminiscence resources to incorporate into the support group sessions.
"Time and Space is a client led service for people who are troubled by auditory hallucinations (voice hearing) and their families. We offer peer support groups which are exclusively for voice hearers where our members can talk openly, often for the first time, about their experience, build a support network and share ways of coping. One to one support, which is tailored to what the member thinks will be of most help to them, for those who aren't quite ready to join the group, and open ended person centred counselling which is available to our members and also their families and friends. We are committed to raising awareness and reducing the stigma around voice hearing so we also offer free information and training about voice hearing and working with voice hearers to other mental health services.
We will use some of our grant to help cover wages for our two part time workers and volunteer expenses."
'Headway (Dumfries & Galloway) Association Ltd has been providing services to survivors of acquired brain injury (ABI), their carers and families since 1989, offering advice, support and information.
Headway Dumfries & Galloway will use the Pixel award to run a drop in service within the west of our region, where service users will have the opportunity to meet, learn new skills and have 1-1 sessions with our Outreach worker. The group work is to assist people in understanding their acquired brain injury (ABI), to increase confidence and build on self-esteem issues, while also giving service users the opportunity to be involved in activities/training that they may be interested in.'
Every year Mind supports hundreds of thousands of people with mental health problems. Many people come to them via Mind's Infoline, which provides a phone, letter and email service to people who are in need of urgent information and guidance.
The Mind Infoline is there to help people experiencing mental health problems or their loved ones who are in urgent need of information and guidance. They receive enquiries from people of all ages and from all backgrounds, calling about their own situation or with worries about family and friends.
We are pleased to help support the core funding of the Meningitis Trust with a small donation.
"The Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME) is a national charity which was established 43 years ago. Our vision today remains the same as when we were established; to apply professional design engineering to identify practical solutions which will dramatically improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and healthcare problems."
We are very pleased to provide a grant to BIME to be used for Development of a Kitchen Minder for people with dementia
"The Pixel Fund's generous grant ... will go towards funding the core services the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign provides including:
- funding research to find effective treatments and cures for muscle wasting disease
- provision of practical information, advice and emotional support for individuals, their carers and families
- raising awareness to bring about change and vital service improvements and raise awareness of muscle wasting disease
- awarding grants towards the cost of specialist equipment such as powered wheelchairs
- provision of specialist education and development for health and education professionals"
"Birmingham Children's Hospital Charities aims to provide a caring healing environment, fund research and provide enhanced facilities and equipment for all who use the hospital. Last year our medical staff treated 225,000 children and we pride ourselves on being able to offer general and specialist care to not only the children and young people of the West Midlands, but the entire country."
The Pixel Fund is pleased to provide a grant to be used for the provision of enhanced software and equipment for their Neurophysiology Department.
YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. They envisage a society where children and young people are empowered, encouraged and supported as they grow up, so that they can maximise their full potential and become healthy, active adults able to contribute to their communities. We endorse their aims and hope to continue to work with them in future.
We are pleased to make a donation to Camphill Blair Drummond who are raising funds to provide extra accommodation at Cuthil Brae.
Alzheimer Scotland are using our grant to provide an outreach worker to dementia sufferers in the Lothian region. This is a new project called 'Let's Talk About It' and is designed to alleviate the devastating feelings associated with the discovered diagnosis of dementia on the sufferer and their famlies / carers. We're looking forward to hearing about the qualitative outcome of this project after a year.
Break Charity in Norfolk are running drumming therapy sessions in their residential mental health unit for women thanks to our donation. We hope it's a hit!
Headway Cambridgeshire are running a 'Vocational Day Service' which aims to help those suffering from brain injuries to return to work or other meaningful occupation as rehabilitation. Returning to work is extremely important to many people with long term conditions. It can improve their quality of life and help them maintain their independence.
This scheme is being offered in the Fenland district of Cambridgeshire and The Pixel Fund is providing salary support for a Senior Vocational Worker and a Support Worker for a year.
Action on Depression in Scotland are using our grant to provide courses in the community, offering people practical life skills such as problem solving and assertiveness training to improve self-management skills and thus reduce the risk of relapse. Courses are to be offered in Ayrshire and Arran, Lothians, Highland and Islands and Forth Valley
We are very proud to be associated with the Multiple Sclerosis Society. It's a charity that we have supported over the years, mainly by Debbie running around the streets of London on their behalf. Our Grant will be going to support a new project: a Register of MS sufferers.
The aim of the MS Register is to provide a more accurate picture of MS in the UK by combining, for the first time, information gathered from neurologists, NHS records and people with MS. This unique combination of data from different sources will also help to design and deliver better services.
Greatwood cares for retired racehorses and children with special needs through its Horse Power programme.
Horse Power is a life skills and emotional literacy programme, developed at Greatwood for children with special educational needs (SEN). The children learn social skills, communication and improve their life chances through interaction with the horses.
Children with SEN, or at risk of social exclusion, require help to develop social skills if they are to have a positive future.
Music Alive provide opportunities for disabled adults and children in Wiltshire to create and listen to music as a therapeutic exercise. We are supporting their 'Music 4 Memory' project which uses live and recorded music to help stimulate adults suffering from memory disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer's, stroke and head injury. They will also be given the opportunity to participate in music making with session leaders both at the charity's own music rooms and residentially.
Scottish Epilepsy Initiative relieves the needs of people in Scotland who suffer from epilepsy and other associated siezure disorders. We are assisting with their 'Active With Epilepsy' programme which helps sufferers wellbeing by using theraputic exercise. This has been demonstrated to reduce seizure frequency, reduce stress and anxiety and counteract the side-effects of anti-epileptic medication.
Congratulations to everybody who took part in this year's London 10k race and a special shout-out to all the participants who were running for our sponsored charities. I didn't run myself as I was suffering from an attack of Labyrinthitis, which gives all the symptoms of a serious hangover (imagine the worst experience you've ever had on booze, then double it) but is thankfully over and done with in a couple of weeks. Debbie did run though but not for one of 'our' charities. Next year...