Criteria for guardians or carers
We help guardians/carers across the UK who are caring for a child or young person with mental health conditions aged 24 or under. Young people who are 16 – 24 can apply for a Bloom grant themselves. Each young person, child or their guardian can apply for the grant once every 12 months (subject to funding).
You can apply for the grant if:
- You live in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales
- You are the parent or carer of a child or aged 2-15 who lives with you (Sprout Grant)
- You are a young person aged 16-24 (Bloom Grant)
- You are currently living in the UK and done so for at least six months. You are eligible to work and apply for public funds
- Your child is not in Local Authority care
- You have evidence of entitlement to any one of the following:
- Universal Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income Related Employment Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Pension Credit
You must meet all the eligibility criteria for parents/carers AND children/young person in order to be considered for a grant.
Criteria for children or young persons
Mindsum uses its own Child and Young Person’s Eligibility Criteria to assess support needs based on mental health wellbeing model. Children and young people with mental health conditions meet this criteria where there is evidence that their mental health needs impact their opportunity to enjoy an ordinary life.
To make a decision about the grant, we usually accept the evidence for any two of the five areas below:
- Social engagement: If the mental health condition affects their ability to take part in social engagement or taking part in group activities.
- Communication: Challenges around listening, speaking and understanding
- Learning difficulties: This may involve issues in learning social and physical skills, and progress in education
- Personal care: If they need support with feeding, washing, toileting or similar personal care
- Supervision and vigilance: If they need support with ensuring their safety.
We aim to determine that the degree of support required to meet their needs are much greater than that usually required to meet the needs of children.