Our Mission Statement
Our aim is to support improvement in mental health by providing grants to charities registered and operating solely in the UK and involved in the mental health and wellbeing of children and young adults.
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 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 or organisations not registered as charities, and are equally less inclined to make grants to major charities who already have established income streams. I would invite you to see the Grantees Blog to get a feel for the kind of charities that we have supported so far.
Grants & Donations
We operate a three step application process, for more details see the How to Apply section below.
The process usually takes around four months from start to finish. However, it should be stressed that this can vary widely and that we are always under pressure to make tough choices with the finite funds available.
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).
Are you eligible to apply?
Our focus is the mental health and well-being of children and young adults, we will not grant to projects or organisations that are not core-focussed on mental-health-related matters.
Young adults means those under 26 years old at the start of any granted project or work stream. Where a project includes over 25s we would consider granting an appropriate percentage of the total costs.
We only make grants to charities registered in England & Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
We do not grant to individuals, Limited Companies, Partnerships, Industrial and Provident Societies, Community Interest Companies etc.
Trustees have a strong preference for organisations with annual income of under £10m.
We are paperless. We do not accept anything posted to our address unless specifically requested by us. Unsolicited mail is recycled before it is opened.
We expect good governance. Once we have granted you, we like to leave you alone to get on with your good work, therefore we need to have faith in your governance structures. For established organisations* this means
Fixed Trustee term limits beyond which sitting Trustees cannot remain in post
Considered organisational risk policies
No, or at least declared and recognised, conflicts of interest within the governance structures
A sustainable pension scheme
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.
*What is an established organisation? The Pixel Fund has made grants to organisations with annual incomes ranging from £40,000 to £30m. We are very aware that smaller organisations will struggle to adhere to our governance requirements. For us, there needs to be an awareness of the issues and as an organisation grows there need, in our opinion, to be moves to put strong governance structures in place. As an organisation grows Pixel Fund Trustees will be increasingly less forgiving of poor governance. Organisations that are moving toward to £500,000 mark in terms of annual income need to be already looking at these issues very carefully and should be putting good governance structures in place. An organisation heading towards an annual income of £1m would be unlikely to be granted to if it didn’t, for example, have fixed term trustee limits in place.
We’ve created an application checklist so you can easily see if you are eligible to apply. You can find it HERE, or download it by clicking the button.
We use a shared Google Drive system into which you can upload requested documents in PDF format only. 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. Copying and pasting a huge amount of background copy is not a recommended approach. 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 Stage 1 Application, we’ll set up a shared Google Drive 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 Stage 1 Application will then be discussed at the next Trustees meeting, when we’ll decide whether to ask you to submit a Stage 2 Application (with or without certain changes).
The Stage 2 Application process is essentially a tidying up process in which you will answer any outstanding queries that we have. It is a more formalised approach, but there is no expectation of having to resubmit any of the information already submitted to us. Once again, the Stage 2 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.
At the end of the grant period (usually 12 months) you will submit a project update to us to be discussed at our next trustees meeting.
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.
Upload documents to the shared Google Drive. 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.