Compass Small Mental Health Grants

Compass is excited to announce we’re taking our next step in supporting mental health and wellbeing in Reading. We will be offering small grants to voluntary and community groups to create a wellbeing support structure for those who have been disproportionally affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This funding has been allocated by Reading Borough Council’s Clinically Extremely Vulnerable fund and will consist of three small fund pots of £1000 to be distributed to three community groups within Reading.

Along with the funding, successful community groups will co-create bespoke workshops around mental health and well-being. Workshop will be designed collaboratively by Compass Recovery Workers along with the support of community leaders, volunteers and staff to ensure the workshops reflect what support is needed.

Who can apply for this funding?
This funding was created to target grassroot community groups. While we understand that large groups and charities also need funding to fulfil their duties to their community, we want to prioritise those who don’t have the same connections or opportunities as a larger organisation.

What can this funding be used for? 
The focus of this funding is to support communities with their mental wellbeing. However, we understand having your organisation in a place to provide this support requires certain requirements, for example being used to supply DBS checks for your vital volunteers.

How can you apply and further information:
You can download our application form and grant guidance here (If you would like a word copy of the application, please contact Ashley Hitchman:

Applications close on Monday 3rd January 2022.
Once completed please send it through to Compass Recovery Worker Ashley Hitchman at

If you would like support with understanding how to complete a funding application, what to include in your budget, or assistance with any of your governance, policies and procedures that are needed to support your application, please get in touch with Herjeet Randhawa, RVA Advice Service Manager at or telephone 0118 937 2273 for free support and advice.