FPSA's grants and bursaries meet the needs of a growing and diverse workforce that delivers acute mental and preventative health services to adolescents. This financial help reflects our policy to encourage the professional development of services for adolescents through the funding of approved courses, relevant research and conferences. Each applicant must be employed to do mental health work. Full-time students are not eligible to apply. Grants for career change related courses are not eligible for funding.
Applying for funding: a multi-disciplinary approach:
FPSA supports voluntary, statutory and independent sectors. We embrace a multi-disciplinary approach and way of working, so we are committed to funding a wide range of individuals and teams including experienced and academic practitioners, support staff, carers and young service users.
We will consider applications ranging from innovative and new ways of working through to developing established agencies and procedures.
Supporting frontline service delivery staff
We want to develop our appreciation and understanding of the needs of frontline service delivery staff and to better assess and meet their needs with practical, accessible and appropriate opportunities. This includes supporting skills development and progression planning in services, and staff team development sessions for Tier 3 and 4 services (public, private and third sector organisations).
Funding process update:
Due to the increasing and unprecedented quantity of applications and in order to use FPSA funds in a fair and equitable manner, the trustees have decided to review the processing of applications.
Applications deadlines and communication to applicants:
Deadline 1 31st March, decision in April
Deadline 2 30th June, decision in July
Deadline 3 30th September, decision in October
Deadline 4 31st December, decision in January
There is a limit to the funds available in each period.
The trustees aim to meet within a fortnight after each deadline closes. You should expect to hear from the Secretariat within a week of the meeting.
Application criteria for FPSA awards
Applications must show how they explore creative and flexible ways to improve mental health services for adolescents and what the direct benefit to young people (aged 11-18) will be. All applicants must deliver a post-grant report.
FPSA will consider funding for:
- UK Conference bursaries - for an individual up to £1,200 to cover conference fees, travel, accommodation and sustenance. For conferences outside of the UK, awards may be made up to £1,500
- Academic courses - from around 50 percent to the full cost of a course. The trustees will only consider one academic year at a time. These applications must be received by 30th June of the same year
- Other courses
- Conferences and training days organised by local Tier 3 and 4 services - awards of up to £6,000 per application
- Research and clinical audit by individuals - awards of up to £2,000 per application for small research or clinical audit projects and proposals that must relate to adolescent work, frontline practice and be of clinical benefit (stipulations of relevancy must be provided)
- Time limited provision of Clinical Supervision where it is necessary to establish a new clinical intervention (maximum 1 year)
FPSA does not accept applications for the following:
- Courses that have already been paid for or have already started
- Masters that are not clinically related
- Professional state registrable qualification courses e.g. Art Psychotherapy, Registered Social Work, Clinical Psychology Qualification
- Courses primarily aimed at working with younger children
- Courses primarily aimed at facilitating a career change
- Supervision courses
- Supervisory skills
- Academic institution fees, professional body fees, exam fees
- Books, publications
Every application will be considered by the committee on its on merit. The amount awarded may vary on the number of applications pending and on resources available however, the maximum per year per person is £3,000.00. FPSA do not provide retrospective funding, if you have already paid for a course, training or conference you cannot apply for funding. Similarly, applications which are submitted after their start date will not be considered whether paid in full or part.
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