Mental health services
Increasing Londoner’s access to counselling, psychotherapy and talking therapies
We want to support mental health services for people experiencing disadvantage and inequality.
- Area: Greater London
- Open to: New and previous applicants
- Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
- Funding length: Up to 5 years
- Funding size: There is no minimum or maximum limit to how much we will give, however we never give revenue funding exceeding 50% of the applicants turnover/income in any one year
What we fund
Funding is available for mental health services and associated running costs. We will fund psychotherapy, counselling, and talking therapies delivered in community settings.
We particularly welcome applications that support:
racialised communities including migrants, people seeking asylum and refugees
Deaf and disabled people including those with long-term mental health conditions
people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
people leaving prison or at the end of community sentences
people identifying as LGBTQ+
people aged under 25 who are disadvantaged
survivors of abuse, exploitation, and hatred
We can only fund services delivered by accredited and qualified practitioners, for example, with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
We also support work that addresses the additional barriers faced by people from marginalised communities and improves their access to mental health services. We want to fund organisations who understand existing mental health services, have an excellent understanding of their community, and existing or emerging relationships with mental health providers. Successful applications will demonstrate a clear pathway to mental health services delivered by qualified and accredited practitioners.
Funding is for non-statutory service provision; cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be considered as part of a range of services but cannot be the main provision as it is offered through the National Health Service.
We encourage approaches that
understand and offer specialist responses to multiple disadvantage
involve and engage the communities they serve in the shaping of services
To ensure work is properly resourced, applicants are encouraged to request funds for both staffing as well as costs to support:
• training and development
• clinical supervision (where appropriate)
• project delivery overheads
• relevant staff and volunteer management
Wherever possible, we seek to support projects and organisations that involve the communities the project or organisation serves in the shaping of its services and/or that are majority-staffed or run by those with lived experience of the issues they address.
How to apply
Before beginning your application, please ensure you have thoroughly read steps one and two to check that our funding is a good fit for you. Please note, we only fund organisations that meet our eligibility criteria.
If you are a previous grant holder, or an unsuccessful applicant, please read our reapplication criteria before submitting a new application.