Living Well With Psychosis

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

Applications for the Living Well With Psychosis grant are now open.

Grant details

About the funding

We have committed to funding £10m between now and 2027 to help people live well with psychosis. The Living Well with Psychosis theme will fund initiatives and research to improve the treatment and support the recovery of people affected by psychotic disorders; support families and carers; and help to address inequalities in the experiences of racialised communities in relation to mental health services. We will support work that focuses on people affected by psychosis, including those living with diagnoses like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. 

As we collect and share ideas, evidence and best practice, we aim not only to directly benefit people with experience of psychosis in South East London but also to inform and influence understanding and provision at both a national and an international level. 


For this phase of the programme, we are only accepting bids that are led by teams at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust or the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) but we know that many of the best ideas and approaches are collaborative. We welcome bids that demonstrate collaboration with other organisations including national and local charities, other care providers and public bodies, or universities. Funding will be managed by the lead organisation but may include costs for partner organisations.

  • Applications must be led by South London and Maudsley or IoPPN – partnership bids between the organisations and/or with relevant third parties are encouraged 
  • Applications must be endorsed by the appropriate senior leadership within the organisations 
  • The main beneficiaries of the work must be people who have experienced psychosis 
  • Appropriate governance arrangements including safeguarding, risk management and ethical approvals if required, must be in place.  
  • Appropriate diversity and inclusion practices and procedures must be included in the design and delivery of the proposal 
  • The work must focus on at least one of our 8 priority areas of interest (see below)


As well as the basic eligibility requirements, we will be assessing proposals under the following criteria:

Delivery: Proposals that have a clear plan and detailed budget demonstrating what the need is and how activity responds to the need. They should have a strong, appropriately experienced team.

Inclusion: Projects should have a suitable approach to involving those who have lived experience and/or carers in their design and delivery. The approach should be appropriate and proportionate to the project delivery and aims.

Impact: Proposals should provide evidence and knowledge of the issues they are seeking to address and potential to improve outcomes for people who have
experienced psychosis.

Learning: Proposals should demonstrate the teams involved are learning-led and with a strong approach to monitoring, evaluation and sharing learning.

Priority areas

  1. People affected by psychosis having a greater voice and influence over their own care
  2. Increased access to and engagement with high quality personalised and effective therapy and medication
  3. Increased access to and engagement with high-quality, culturally appropriate peer and family support, information, and advice
  4. The impact of racism and discrimination on access to appropriate care at the right time is addressed
  5. Innovation leading to increased access to and engagement with help to avoid or reduce problematic cannabis use
  6. People affected by psychosis have a better experience of crisis
  7. Better use of data to understand risk and target care
  8. Improved opportunities for employment and volunteering


This fund has a rolling deadline and applications will be accepted throughout the year.

Further information

Watch the webinar below hosted in partnership with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at Kings College London.

For more detailed information and to find out how to submit an Expression of Interest please visit the Essential Information page below.

If you’d like to have an informal chat with a member of our team about your current work, please send us an email at