Application form and guidance

The Champions Fund application form contains four sections. Please download the form and email it back to us at

We have created some guidance notes to help you answer all four sections of the application form.

If you have any questions about the form or the process please email us at

There are opportunities to apply for funding throughout the year – see below for timings.  We may run an additional Grants Panel for World Mental Health Day (10 October) activity.

Application funding window open


1 September – 15 October 2018

w/c 17 and 24 October 2018

1 November - 31 December 2018

w/c 7 and 14 January 2019

1 January – 31 March 2019

w/c 1 and 8 April 2019

1 April – 30 June 2019

w/c 1 July and 8 July 2019

What happens to my application?

Stage 1

You submit your application; you will receive an email confirming it has been received. People can submit applications over a period of six to eight weeks. You won’t hear anything more about your application until after the deadline for all applications has passed, so don’t be concerned if you don’t hear anything for a while.

Stage 2

Applications are assessed by a Grants Panel. The panel normally has between three to five members. These will be individuals who are involved in Time to Change Buckinghamshire as well as at least one person who has experienced mental health problems themselves. Panel members have to declare any conflicts of interest they have. If you know someone well who is on the panel, it is likely they won’t score your application.

The Grants Panel will score applications using a scoring criteria. The scoring criteria is the same for each application, which helps ensure all applications are judged fairly. The application guidance explains the criteria in more detail.

Stage 3

The panel will let you know whether your application has been successful OR unsuccessful:


If your application has been successful

You will either be able to accept your funding right away, or you might be asked to make some small changes to your application to get the funding. For example, you might be asked to give a bit more information about your budget.

Either way you will be asked to sign an agreement that puts in writing what you are responsible for and what the organisation that is giving you the funding is responsible for. Once the agreement is signed you will be able to start using your funding!


If your application has been unsuccessful

Sadly, we won’t be able to give funding to everyone and some of you may be unsuccessful. This can happen for lots of reasons so try not to be too disheartened.

You will be given feedback on why your application was unsuccessful. It might be possible for you to re-apply for funding when the fund is accepting applications next.

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