Rolls-Royce Fund 2018

A government report in February 2016, found that more than one in nine children had not set foot in a park, forest, beach or any other natural environment for at least a year. A separate study published in March 2017, found that children from poorer backgrounds were less interested in being outdoors in nature than children from more affluent areas.


But just five minutes’ “green exercise” can produce rapid improvements in mental wellbeing and self-esteem, with the greatest benefits experienced by the young, according to a study at the University of Essex.


Last year the Foundation Derbyshire Rolls-Royce Fund selected the theme of Mental Health and Young People. This allowed us to award three superb local charities who went on to offer direct counselling services to over 125 children and young people. This 2018 theme builds on that work by taking a step back and looking at part of the prevention agenda, using some of the simplest, effective ways to build up mental health resilience in children throughout Derby and Derbyshire.


The Fund would harness the power of existing charities, community groups and voluntary groups already working with disadvantaged and vulnerable families.  The Fund would offer an investment for projects, which would educate around the importance of green exercise and outdoor play and foster a love of the great outdoors.


A fund of £10,000 has been set aside to fund projects here in Derby and Derbyshire that can make a positive impact on local lives.



Type of Project costs & groups we are looking to fund:

Groups, charities and voluntary groups already working with vulnerable families in disadvantaged areas* would be given priority

* Areas with a high score on the indices of multiple deprivation scale, if you would like more information on this please do speak to us.

Projects that take young children and / or families into local green spaces and develop programmes of activity – using wildlife, art, sports etc..

Regular exploration of local places where nature can be found: parks, allotments, playing fields

Forest Schools in the community

The Fund will consider trips to outdoor spaces, activities away from the local area but this must only form part of a project, there must be a focus on using community spaces where possible



What the Project Won’t Fund:

Large pieces of playground equipment development of existing / established playground areas (due to the size of the fund and the costs of such equipment)

School playground works



Priorities:  There are no specific priorities but projects that can be easily scaled up, or down, would be welcome


Area:  Derby City & Derbyshire County


Amount: The grant range will be between £2,000 and £5,000


Closing Dates:  Applications for this fund can be submitted to Foundation Derbyshire now, but all bids must be received before Friday 9th March 2018.

To access an application form, please contact the grants team first so they can ensure your project is a suitable match / advise you on competition levels etc.

Decisions will be taken towards mid May 2018 with a firm date supplied to applicants during the assessment process.




Past themes:

2016: Children and Mental Health

Three grants were awarded to the following groups

Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health: To expand their ‘Bridging the Gap’ service, which provides counselling to adolescents (mainly aged 15 – 19) with a myriad of mental health concerns.

Derby Cruse Bereavement Care: To help stabilise their children’s counselling service, which has faced funding cuts

Relate Derby & Southern Derbyshire:  To provide funding for the ‘SafeSpeak’ project a specialist young people’s counselling service.


2015: Support to Domestic Abuse Services

Awarded to Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service (DDVSAS)