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:
Up to £25,000
Number of grants awarded:
10 - 15
Opening Date:
February 2021
Closing Date:
April 2021

The purpose of these grants is that they should make a positive contribution to the lives of people who have experienced or who currently experience mental illness. The scheme will have a particular focus on funding projects working with people who are or who have been severely unwell. While not a requirement for funding, we are keen to attract applications for projects which will benefit people who face additional social or economic disadvantage.

Projects must primarily benefit people within the boroughs served by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). Applications will be open to SLaM and Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations working in the local area. We expect proposals from the VCS to include an element of cooperative, partnership or acknowledged complementary working with SLaM.

The maximum amount available for each project will not exceed £25,000.

The duration of projects will normally be up to two years.

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

Process

The application process for the 2020 funding round is now closed. If you have applied for funding and your proposal meets our criteria, in the week beginning 23 March we will invite you to submit a full application, to be received by 16 April.

All applications will be made online. If you are invited to apply, we will provide an opportunity for you to be guided through our grants management system by a member of our team if you have any problems accessing or using it.

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:

Essential

  • You work for SLaM or a VCS organisation currently active in south London
  • Your proposal will benefit people who are experiencing or have experiencing mental illness
  • The proposed activity will take place in one or more of the boroughs covered by SLaM services
  • Your request is for no more than £25,000
  • The project duration is not more than two years
  • The project will actively involve people with lived experience in its design and/or its delivery
  • If you are from a VCS organisation, there is an element of partnership or collaborative working with SLaM or you have the explicit endorsement of SLaM clinical teams for your work

We are most likely to fund projects that benefit:

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

Download the FAQs – Application Guidance as a PDF: CC 2020 Application Guidance