Call for Applications

Community and Connection Grants

The Maudsley Charity is pleased to announce a call for expressions of interest in this new scheme.

The purpose of these grants is that they should make a positive contribution to the livesof those people who experiencemental illness. The scheme will have a particular focus on funding projects working with and for people who are, or have been severely unwell and/or experience additional disadvantage.

Specifically, proposals must relate to one of the following:

  • supporting people through transitions into, out of or between services
  • promoting positive engagement (or re-engagement) with statutory and non-statutory services or with informal networks in order to support people to maintain or improve their mental and/or physical health

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 encourage projects that include an element of cooperative or partnership working between VCS and NHS services.

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

The duration of projects will normally be under two years.


Please email the Head of Grants,, with a brief paragraph outlining your project idea, details of thegroup you will be working with and supporting,and the outcomes the projectis intended to achieve as soon as possible, but no later than 18 April. We will then explore your idea with you, and if your proposal meets our criteria, in the week beginning 22 April we will invite you to submit a full application, to be received by 28 May.

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.


Eligibility Checklist

Before you contact us with your project outline, please ensure that you can satisfy the following conditions:


  • You work for SLaM or a VCS organisation currently active in south London
  • Your proposal will benefit people who face serious mental health difficulties and/or multiple disadvantage
  • The proposed activity will take place in one or more of the boroughs covered by SLaM services
  • The proposed project addresses issues relating to transition to, from or between statutory services, and/or engagement with services or informal networks of support
  • Your request is for less 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 that you have the endorsement of SLaM clinical teams for your work.


In our latest open grants round, for awards of up to £50,000, we funded the following projects: 

Volunteer Centre Lewisham  – Volunteer Ready
A programme of training, workshops and forums that will enable organisations to be better equipped to recruit and support volunteers who are experiencing mental health issues.

Hear Us Croydon – Hear Us Welfare Surgeries
A holistic service offering education, advice and peer support to service users in Croydon struggling to navigate the welfare benefits system.

Science Media Centre – Mental Health in the News
Supporting an independent press office to enable and encourage mental health researchers to engage with the media on key mental health issues. helping secure accurate coverage of controversial, messy and complicated issues.

AutisticaAnxiety – App for Autism
An easily available, evidence-based intervention to reduce anxiety and increase wellbeing in autistic people and providing clinicians with a tool for swifter diagnosis of anxiety.

Time and Talents Association  – Get Out and About! Community Development for Older People’s Mental Wellbeing
To help older people who have become withdrawn due to depression to increase socialisation and build confidence and resilience as volunteers and community leaders and create a welcoming community network.

PsychART 2017 – Celebrating Creativity in Medicine
The PsychART 2017 Conference focussed on participatory arts, and their role in recovery. Workshops were led, in part, by service users who have experienced the benefit of such programmes.

Creative Sparkworks – Voice4Health
A film skills training and employment project that will empower young adults with mental health needs to make short films to increase understanding and awareness in the community about mental illness. Integrated in the project will be paid work placements in the film industry to reconnect participants to the wider community.

Kings College London – HERON-RUN
The project aims to give people with mental health problems who have never tried running the opportunity to do so, with the support of a qualified run coach and qualified run leaders.

SLaM NHS Foundation Trust – Self-Monitoring for Self-Management of physical health in people with mental illness
Installation of physical health self-monitoring machines in four SLaM sites to measure weight, height, BMI, percentage body fat, blood pressure and heart rate and provide an instant read out that will be a focus for physical health and lifestyle advice or to ascertain when there is a need for more acute intervention.

SLaM NHS Foundation Trust, MHOAD CAG and Age Exchange – Reminiscence Journeys
Providing reminiscence training and tools to staff and relatives/friends on two Inpatient services to develop therapeutic reminiscence activity as part of planned care.

SLaM NHS Foundation Trust, Lewisham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – A pilot of a Recovery College for young people
A small-scale pilot project to scope the feasibility, efficiency and effectiveness of a training/group work program co-produced by clinicians and service users. It will include groups or courses that are both therapeutic and practical/skills building.

SLaM NHS Foundation Trust, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – Digital Hackathon for children and young people
Bringing young people and clinicians together with software developers in a process that will lead to two apps addressing mental health issues being ready to trial amongst young people and/or in services.

SLaM NHS Foundation Trust, Symbol Therapy Team, Lewisham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – Therapeutic Garden
Develop a therapeutic space where young people can have contact with nature in a safe environment, which can engage and soothe the senses and where they can participate in forest-school type activities, facilitated by a community gardener.

SLaM NHS Foundation Trust – AdArt
Developing a creative space for service users engaged in SLaM addiction services
, strengthening collective and individual identities, map creative connections within the community, and maintaining solid connections and creative networks while supporting newcomers in the team of AdArtists.

SLaM NHS Foundation Trust, Southwark Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Neurodevelopmental Service Autism Skills Parent Training Course
Further development of a group intervention for parents of children with autism displaying challenging behaviour, comprising psychoeducation on autism and training in evidence-based behavioural assessment and intervention.

SLaM NHS Foundation Trust – The inpatient journey
To co-produce with inpatient staff and service users a graphic illustration and mapping of inpatient care, focusing on ward processes, expectations and experience from arrival on the ward through to discharge.

SLaM NHS Foundation Trust – ECG Interpretation in Psychiatry Inpatients
A project to trial ECG machines in SLaM which are digitally linked to the cardiology Department in Kings College Hospital, allowing for direct requests for interpretation.

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently not accepting funding applications for research projects. 

The Guidance for Grant Applicants provides some basic information about our funding and processes.