Active Minds Investment

Active Minds Investment

Introduction to the Active Minds Investment

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health condition each year, with 75% of all adult mental health conditions starting before the age of 18. Research shows that 30% of people with long term physical health conditions also have a mental health illness. Public Health England suggests that physical activity can reduce conditions such as dementia and depression by up to 30%. Yet we still have approximately 166,000 adults locally doing less than the recommended level of 30 minutes a week of physical activity.

Active Minds is one of five work pillars identified in the “Blueprint to Tackle Physical Inactivity in Cheshire and Warrington” which aims to embed physical activity into all aspects of everyday lives. The Active Minds Investment seeks to support applications that can demonstrate the key outcomes of “improving health and quality of life to prevent and alleviate mental illness through physical activity”.

Investment outcomes

We are looking to invest in projects which can show;

  • positive changes in behaviour towards embedding regular physical activity
  • increasing access to regular physical activity as a prevention mechanism or coping strategy from as early as primary school age
  • sustainability beyond the investment period
  • the application of insight to identify needs and demands
  • reduction in stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues

How much funding is available?

£30,000 is available to support the Active Minds pillar of the Blueprint. The fund will be divided into 3 tiers:

  • Tier 1 – one investment of £10,000
  • Tier 2 – one investment of £5,000
  • Tier 3 – ten investments of £1,500

How to apply?

Active Minds Investment application form can be downloaded below. Please complete and submit to

Application deadline: Friday 24th November 5pm

Duration of the project

We expect all projects to have started by the end of March 2018. All projects must have a minimum duration of 12 weeks and must be completed by the end of December 2018.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from all organisations and sectors operating in Cheshire and Warrington. Proposed projects will need to be delivered within the sub-region.

In order to ensure transparency, accountability and financial integrity, applicants must demonstrate good standards of governance by providing evidence of*;

  1. a copy of your governing document (e.g. constitution, memorandum, articles of association or set of rules)
  2. an associated bank account with two unrelated signatories
  3. a copy of your public liability insurance covering a minimum of £5,000,000
  4. live Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults policies
  5. completed risk assessment checks for the proposed activity and site

* In line with Active Cheshire’s Investment Agreement Terms and Conditions which can be downloaded below.

What would be a high priority project?

We are looking to prioritise projects:

  • being delivered in areas of high deprivation or rural isolation
  • demonstrating a real need and demand for the intervention(s)
  • involving the target audience in the design and planning of the intervention
  • with innovative ideas and approaches
  • which can evidence the impact to the intended target audience
  • which has longevity beyond the life of any investment awarded under this funding
  • which recognise that to achieve positive mental health and wellbeing outcomes for the resident of Cheshire and Warrington, strategic partnerships and strong referral systems are needed

Final tips when applying

Please consider the following before submitting your application:

  • Demonstrate clear evidence or need and demand of the intervention
  • Demonstrate clearly how physical activity will be used to achieve outcomes
  • Involvement of target audience in the planning, delivery and evaluation
  • Demonstrate good standards of governance
  • Evidence of impacts that the intervention has made (is there a framework or tool to measure success?). Sport England Evaluation Framework is a useful tool to help identify, evaluate and evidence the success of the project
  • Demonstrate an awareness of current provision and similar local initiatives where appropriate, and how your intervention will enhance local provision
  • Have in place public liability insurance, up-to-date safeguarding policy and risk assessment checks for the proposed activity and site
  • Able to submit a well costed budget which clearly itemises the spending and represents good value for money

When do I find out?

The investment panels will meet during the week beginning the 11th December 2017 with decisions confirmed and applicants notified by Friday 5th January 2018.

Got a question?

For any enquiries about the investment applications or the process of applying please contact Nont Iamkamphaeng, Strategic Lead Mental Health, on 07540 121706 or 01606 330 212 or email

Related Files

Active Minds Investment Application Form
Active Cheshire Investment Terms and Conditions