The Berkeley Foundation invests in three ways: in eight Strategic Partnerships with national charities like Shelter and The Lord's Taverners, in 18 Designated Charities chosen by staff and local to the Berkeley Group's sites and offices, and through our Community Investment Fund which makes grants to projects in line with our strategy. This enables us to build relationships with both large charities and smaller grassroots organisations.
The Foundation looks to support projects that:
We are a partnership-focused funder and look for two-way relationships that are about sharing skills and expertise as well as funding.
Community Investment Fund: Improving youth mental health
We are making £250,000 available from our Community Investment Fund to support the improved mental health, wellbeing and resilience of young people aged 11-18 in the communities where we work.
Adolescence is a time of rapid change and development - physically, socially and emotionally. Many young people will also experience changes in their mental health during this period: 50% of mental health issues are established by age 14 and75% by age 24. Despite this, just a quarter of young people with a mental health issue get the right professional help.
We are aiming to engage those young people who are have an increased risk of developing a mental health issue, and those who are experiencing early symptoms, in activities which will promote positive mental health. We want to prevent young people developing serious mental health issues, and give them the tools and resilience to cope and to thrive.
Applications for Improving youth mental health are now closed.