Community and Connection

Community and Connection grants provide funding for projects that make a positive contribution to the lives of people who have experienced or who currently experience mental illness, and primarily benefit boroughs served by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Applications for the Community and Connection grant are now closed.

Grant details

Average grant awarded:
£20 - 30k

The purpose of the Community and Connection grants is that they should make a positive and direct contribution to the lives of those people in South London, particularly in Lewisham, Croydon, Lambeth and Southwark, who are experiencing, or who have experienced, serious mental illness.  

This fund has particular focus on funding projects working with and for the benefit of people who are, or have been, severely unwell and who are likely to have experienced additional social or economic disadvantage. We are particularly interested in hearing from projects that can demonstrate a meaningful commitment to diversity and inclusion, and which reach and empower people to play an active role in their own wellbeing and recovery. Proposed projects should go over and above what might be provided through NHS funding.

Examples of previous successful applications to the Community and Connection grants programme may be found below and on our website here.

What are we looking for in projects and why?

1. Impact

  • Potential to make a positive impact on the lives of people who experience mental illness 
  • We particularly welcome projects that build on evidence to shape their work 


  • Because we want to help you make a tangible difference through our funding. 

2. Collaboration

  • Designed and delivered in collaboration with those the project affects 
  • We particularly welcome projects that also represent collaboration across organisations such as community groups, NHS services and researchers. 


  • Because we recognise the value of diverse experiences in shaping projects appropriately, and in bridging siloes

3. Learning

  • Commitment to open learning, gathering evidence of what works and what doesn’t. 
  • We particularly welcome projects that demonstrate ways they will actively go about sharing their learning with wider audiences 


  • Because we want our funding to generate new insights that will help everyone involved to make progress in supporting people more effectively 


Eligibility Checklist

We usually receive many more applications for Community and Connection grants than we are able to fund. Before you contact us with your expression of interest, please ensure that you can satisfy the following conditions, and understand the additional factors that we will take into account when assessing applications:


  • You work or volunteer for a voluntary or community organisation currently active in Croydon, Lewisham, Lambeth or SoutwarkOR you are employed by SLaM 
  • Your proposal will benefit people who are experiencing or have experienced mental illness 
  • The proposed activity will take place in one or more of the boroughs covered by SLaM services 
  • Your request is for betwee£20,000 to £30,000 

We are most likely to fund projects that benefit:

  • those who are experiencing or have experienced severe mental ill health problems
  • those who face an additional social or economic disadvantage