We give grants which range from multi-million pound clinical and research initiatives intended to drive change across the UK, to smaller scale projects directly supporting people who experience mental illness. We champion mental well-being for all, but have a specific focus in our work on the needs and challenges of those who have experienced, or who are most at risk of experiencing mental illness.

We distribute grants through a mix of direct funding and open calls. Direct funding refers to longer-term strategic funding allocated through our existing institutional partnerships and is not open to applications.  Our open-call grants invite qualifying organisations and projects to apply based on a set of eligibility criteria.   

We have transitioned to a new grant strategy and over the next five years have allocated £20 million to two priority areas:

You can explore all of our current and previous grant programmes below.

Current grants

Building Brighter Futures

Building Brighter Futures will fund work to improve the mental health of children and young people aged 10-19 years old who are living in the most challenging circumstances and who face complex difficulties.

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Living Well With Psychosis

The Living Well with Psychosis programme supports work that focuses on people affected by psychosis, including those living with diagnoses like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder.

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Change Makers

Change Makers is a small grants scheme to enable staff of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts to make a big impact through small new initiatives.

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Our anchor grants achieve positive impact for beneficiaries, root us in our communities and our history. This programme of funding is not open to applications. These grants are longer-term commitments to the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Volunteering Centre, Recovery College, the Bethlem Gallery and Bethlem Museum of the Mind.

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Our transformation grants are large scale, long term impact projects that aim to maximise the power of collaboration and world class expertise in mental health across South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London. Over the next five years we’ve committed to spending £10m on initiatives at this scale.

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