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.

You can also take a look at a directory of funders from Edge Fund here.

Shaping Our Lives also have a page of resources for user-led groups, including funding opportunities.

Please get in touch if you know of other funds that might be useful for community-led groups and we can add them.

Building Strong Communities Fund – The Greater London Authority

“Are you part of and/or work with a community that has been badly affected by COVID-19, socially or economically?

Do you have a great idea for a project to help rebuild community strength, voice and/or connection?

Perhaps you already run a successful programme that you are ready to expand – to benefit more people or to reach new groups.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is inviting applications from London voluntary and community sector organisations with an annual turnover of £200k or less to the Building Strong Communities Grants Fund. There are two types of grants available:

• Microgrants of between £1,000 and £5,000

• Small Grants of between £5,001 and £10,000

Deadline to Apply: Monday 8 August 2022

Click here to be directed to their website for more information, to check eligibility, and apply.

LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund – Consortium

“New funds are available for LGBT+ organisations in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales who are led by and for one of our five communities of focus.

Our 5 communities of focus:
  • D/deaf, Disabled, Neurodivergent LGBT+ people.
  • LGBT+ People of Colour and People from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnicities.
  • LGBTQI+ Women.
  • Older LGBT+ people.
  • Trans and Non-Binary people

Grants will be available for organisational running costs, projects and organisational / leadership development and can range from £100 – £25,000.

Deadline for new applications: 30th October 2022

Click here to be directed to their website for more information, to check eligibility, and apply.

City Bridge Trust – Positive Transitions

“At City Bridge Trust we want to help Londoners experiencing inequality and disadvantage to make important transitions in their lives. We want to enable these transitions to be positive for the individuals, give them greater choice and control over their lives and result in a reduction in inequality within communities.

We welcome applications for up to five years of funding and core funding will be considered.

Mental health priority area

We want to support mental health services for people experiencing disadvantage and inequality. Funding is available for mental health services and associated running costs, including psychotherapy, counselling, and talking therapies delivered in community settings. We welcome applications that support:

  • racialised communities, including refugees, asylum seekers and migrants
  • disabled people including those with long-term mental health conditions
  • people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • people leaving the criminal justice system
  • people who identify as LGBTQ+
  • disadvantaged older people
  • disadvantaged children and young people
  • survivors of abuse, exploitation, and hatred.

Approaches that understand multiple disadvantages and offer appropriate, specialist responses are encouraged. We are particularly interested in work that involves and engages people in shaping the services that they receive.

Deadline: ongoing

More information on this and other relevant priority areas (age-related services, support for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, and support and services for Deaf and Disabled people) and apply.

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.”

Deadline: ongoing

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

Trust for London

“We fund work which tackles poverty and inequality in the capital. We support work providing greater insights into the root causes of London’s social problems and how they can be overcome; activities which help people improve their lives; and work empowering Londoners to influence and change policy, practice and public attitudes.

We fund organisations undertaking charitable activities. You do not need to be a registered charity. More information here. If you would like to book an appointment to speak with one of our grant managers to discuss a potential application ahead of our next application deadline (4th October 2022), the team would be happy to help. 30 minute slots are available to book throughout the year. Complete our eligibility quiz to book an appointment.

Disability Justice Fund – Trust for London and City Bridge Trust

“A £3 million fund from Trust for London and City Bridge Trust, towards a strong, vibrant, diverse and sustainable Disability justice movement.

Aims of the fund:

  • Stronger foundations – Contributing to the foundations of a social justice movement for Disabled Londoners that is more effective, powerful, inclusive, influential and sustainable
  • Capabilities for change – Strengthening the capacity of DDPOs to engage in campaigning, policy, advocacy and generally mobilise for change
  • Greater diversity – Contributing to growing, broadening, and diversifying the disability sector

Click here for more information via Trust for London’s website. Complete our eligibility quiz by clicking here. If you would like to book an appointment to speak with one of our grant managers to discuss a potential application ahead of our application deadline (3rd October 2022), the team would be happy to help. 30 minute slots are available to book with one of our grants managers by clicking here via Calendly. Attend an information session/webinar by clicking here via Eventbrite.”

Deadline: 3rd October 2022

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.”

Deadline: ongoing

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: ongoing 

Email: TheWakehamTrust@icloud.com

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