HeadStart Fund: support for organisations & projects working to improve the mental well-being and health of the young people – Rethink Ireland,

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The HeadStart Fund is a three-year, €3,000,000 Fund created by Rethink Ireland in collaboration with the Z Zurich Foundation and the HSE.

We invite applications from projects and organisations that have an innovative approach to effecting positive mental health, with a proven track record of impact and a vision to scale.

All young people can benefit from better mental health and The HeadStart Fund recognises that you don’t need to be at a ‘crisis point’ to access mental health support. Therefore, the projects/organisations who apply for the HeadStart Fund will be working across the full spectrum of mental health initiatives including early interventions, well-being and resilience programmes, confidence-building supports, initiatives for fighting depression/social anxiety/loneliness/stress, etc. This is not an exhaustive list.

We want to back organisations that will equip our young people with the skills they need to improve and maintain their mental health and well-being over time.

The HeadStart Fund will support organisations working with young people aged 15-24 in the Republic of Ireland and will focus on innovative solutions to help groups such as young people, women, and those experiencing socio-economic disadvantage through cash grants and non-financial support.


You can apply to the Headstart Fund via the online portal from January 23rd until March 3rd at 1 pm.


Please join us for our application clinics to find out more and answer any questions that you have:

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