Application guidelines

Application guidelines - Health and Wellbeing grants

Special support for the mental health of children and young people

The Trustees have decided for the first time to ringfence a significant proportion of our Health and Wellbeing fund for this application year and the next to the theme of 'Mental Health in Children and Young People'.  Exceptionally, we will accept applications from organisations who already hold a grant from The Evelyn Trust (including small grants awarded in 2023). We strongly advise that potential applicants discuss their initial thoughts with the Charity Director by email/phone before starting an application. The deadline is 30 November 2023, and applications should be made on the usual online forms. Awards will be made in June 2024.

Applications for Health and Wellbeing projects not related to children and young people's mental health are still welcome, but be advised that available funds will be reduced this year and next.

The Evelyn Trust awards grants for health and wellbeing projects that fit the following criteria:

  • Projects that are in line with areas of focus for support based on studies which have  identified  areas of need in Cambridgeshire, including mental health, care for the elderly and community health projects.
  • Medical support staff and teams that aim to have a transformational impact and are innovative, including support in the home
  • Capital Projects including awards towards the cost of new buildings or extensions or for the renovation of existing buildings, as well as contributions towards the cost of new capital equipment 

Outcomes might include:

  • the creation of new delivery mechanisms, including online approaches to service delivery
  • a pilot or demonstration project for new approaches
  • evidence for working in new or different ways e.g. by building new partnerships or delivering a service differently
  • expansion into different geographical areas or growth of a service, especially into East Cambridgeshire or the Fens
  • prevention work that aims to reduce the need for more acute services at a later stage
  • improvements in wellbeing, mental health, physical health measures and/or reductions in GP visits or hospital admissions

Applications for grants will be considered to support the work of charities that have a mission and purpose that coincides with the objects of the Trust, including charities that support individuals.


The Trustees do not make grants for:

  • general funds, non-specific appeals, endowment funds, conduit organisations or appeals by circular
  • organisations or projects based outside Cambridgeshire
  • individuals
  • the purchase of land
  • causes with a strong political association

The applicant organisation must be a charity, CIO or CIC.  Organisations other than these should contact the Charity Director before making an application.