GUIDELINES: please read in full before completing the application form

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Please email madcovidfund@gmail.com if you need help in a different language.

This fund is for mentally ill/neurodiverse people in the UK who are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. We are offering grants  up to £200 to individuals in the community, and staff on psychiatric wards for OT activities.

Individual applicants

Money will only go to those who do not have access to other available funds from employers or through the government. We prioritise people who have children/dependents and who can show that they have exhausted other options.

Your application will need to show how COVID-19 has specifically brought about the need for extra funds. Wherever possible we will buy the requested items for you or send appropriate vouchers rather than transfer cash. We also need to see a detailed breakdown of how much you need and what for.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please answer every question and send the requested evidence to madcovidfund@gmail.com.

Please do not send photographs of bodies or body parts - these are potentially triggering for us and do not constitute evidence.

Please put Hardship Fund Evidence and your name in the subject. We will not be able to process your application until we have received this and we do not have the time to chase you to provide evidence.

Occupational Therapists/ward staff

We only give out vouchers or buy particular items for OTs/ward staff – we do not send cash. We need to see a detailed breakdown of what you need and how much it is, from where. We do not give grants to those within the SLaM catchment area unless you can show us that you have been turned down for money from the Maudsley Charity. You must specify what ward you are on and your position on the application and email us from your work email so we can verify.

A condition of OTs applying to our fund is that you provide a testimonial for our website.

We do not provide grants to private companies or individuals working in OT outside the NHS.

Further information

We do not give out more than £200 to any one household.

We are a small operation, and meet once a week to discuss applications. Please be patient.

Your evidence is seen by one person only and deleted once recorded on a secure spreadsheet. We empty our Deleted Items folder every few days.

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* 1. Are you applying as/on behalf of an individual with lived experience of mental illness/neurodiversity or are you applying on behalf of a mental health ward?

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* 2. Are you in receipt of the following financial support?

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* 3. Please tell us why you are currently experiencing financial difficulties as a result of COVID 19. The more information you can give us, the easier it will be to approve your application.

WE NEED TO SEE HOW COVID-19 *SPECIFICALLY* HAS BROUGHT ABOUT THE NEED FOR THIS MONEY. WE CANNOT HELP WITH FINANCIAL ISSUES NOT BROUGHT ABOUT BY COVID-19 SPECIFICALLY.

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* 4. Please provide a detailed breakdown of what you will be spending the money on, with a total. For example:

Taxis for 1 month: £20
Increased shopping costs for 1 month: £50
Internet for 1 month: £13.99
Total: £83.99

WE CANNOT PROCESS YOUR APPLICATION WITHOUT THIS DETAILED BREAKDOWN SHOWING WHAT YOU WILL SPEND THE MONEY ON.

WE DO NOT GIVE OUT GRANTS OVER £200.

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* 5. Please enter the total amount you are applying for based on your breakdown above

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* 6. Please provide us with your name

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* 7. Please provide us with your email address

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* 8. Please provide us with your postal address. This is to prevent multiple applications from the same address

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* 9. We require some evidence to support your application. 

1. Evidence of mental illness
2. Evidence of postal address
3. Evidence of status (eg claiming benefits/asylum seeker/evidence of job loss)

Some examples of evidence we would accept are listed below. Please tick the ones you will send and send this evidence to madcovidfund@gmail.com as soon as possible. Please put Hardship Fund Evidence and your name in the subject.  

WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROCESS YOUR APPLICATION UNTIL WE HAVE RECEIVED THIS.

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