Funding for Groups

This page lists current funding pots that mental health user-led community groups and organisations may be interested in applying for. These are external funding opportunities. NSUN sometimes runs grants programmes for members, and any current grants will be advertised on the Our Grants page.

Awards for All – National Lottery Community Fund

The NLCF has reopened its “Awards for All” funding for Voluntary and Community Organisations in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. This funding aims to provide a quicker way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300-£10,000 for up to one year.

“Our funding can be used to deliver activities, but also to help your organisation recover, adapt and thrive. This includes supporting you to become more financially resilient and operate in a more digital world. We can cover core costs to help your organisation develop, share learning with others, support you to test activity designed to help your organisation work in new ways and help you better understand the difference you make.”

You can find out more about Awards for All, Reaching Communities, and Partnerships funding, and apply, via the NLCF website.

The Tudor Trust

The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making trust which supports voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. They have a rolling applications process, so this is not deadline-bound funding call.

“Tudor makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. We particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. We want to respond flexibly to your ideas and energy, and provide support in a way which is helpful and enabling.

Our funding guidelines are broad because we want to support the work that you really want to do. We aim to give you the opportunity and practical tools to do the work that you know is needed.

We aim to be flexible, which means that we are in a good position to support organisations which are in transition, whether they are entering a period of growth and development or are responding creatively to challenging circumstances as so many are at the moment.”

You can find out more about The Tudor Trust’s grant-making and apply via The Tudor Trust website.

Small Grants Scheme – Foyle Foundation

“Our Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level. Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum.

Our focus will be to make one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability. Organisations can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000. There are no deadlines for submission. Online Applications can be received at all times, but it may take up to four months to obtain a decision from Trustees.

For more information including on how to apply, please click here

Supporting Small Scale Change – The Wakeham Trust

“The Wakeham Trust provides grants to help people rebuild their communities. They are particularly interested in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded. They favour small projects – often, but not always, start-ups and they try to break the vicious circle whereby you have to be established to get funding from major charities, but you have to get funding to get established. The best way to understand the kinds of projects they support is to look at their website.

Application: Apply in writing by email 

Deadline: Any time 


Trust for London

“Trust for London is an independent charitable foundation tackling poverty and inequality in the capital. We are particularly interested in new and imaginative ways of addressing the root causes of London’s social problems, especially where it has the potential to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes.

We are willing to take risks by supporting unpopular causes and work which government is unlikely to fund. We also want to make sure we are able to respond to new issues and ideas and find creative ways of tackling deep seated problems relating to poverty and inequality.”

Deadline: 1st February

For more information on how to apply and more about the funding, please click here”