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.

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

We Move Fund: Youth Social Action

“Do you work with Black children and young people aged 18 and under in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

Apply now for grants of up to £50,000 via the We Move Fund launched by BBC Children in Need and BBC Radio 1Xtra.”

Deadline: 20 June 2022

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

Edge Fund

What we fund

  • Work that creates long-term change in society by addressing the causes of injustice and inequality.
  • Work addressing issues facing a particular community that is led by that community (e.g. a group working on issues around sex work should be led by people with direct lived experience of sex work).
  • Groups based in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England
  • Groups that struggle to get funding elsewhere, particularly if other funders might consider them to be too radical. 
  • All types of non-profit organisations, including groups that are not formally registered.

Funding decisions involve members reading and scoring applications, and consultation between members with appropriate lived experience.”

Deadline: 31st May 2022

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Funding for Global Majority-led arts organisations to develop creative work with people with mental ill health – The Baring Foundation

“We are delighted to announce a new open round today for Global Majority-led arts organisations who would like to develop their offer of creative opportunities to people living with mental health problems.

To define mental health problems we use NHS categorizations, that is, Common Mental Disorders such as anxiety, depression and OCD, psychoses including Bipolar Spectrum Disorder, and addictions. This does not include neurological conditions such as dementia. We do not fund Creative Arts Therapies.

Grants of £20k-£60k available for projects taking place over a minimum of two years.

The deadline for applications is12pm midday on 26th July 2022. Final decisions on grants to be awarded will be made by trustees and you will be informed by the end of October.

Find out more about this fund, eligibility, and how to 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.

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 


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. Read the Trust for London Funding Guidelines 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.

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