Sussex NHS Charities Funding Webinar Recording and FAQs

The grant round for NHS Charities Together funding in Sussex is now open, with total grants available of up to £725,000. 

Funding will be available for projects addressing health inequalities, suicide prevention and supportive discharge from hospital. Partnership applications are encouraged and the grants can support both new work and the enhancement or scaling up of existing projects experiencing increased demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is expected that funding will be available to support work taking place from April 2021 for up to two years.

The funding is being managed on behalf of NHS charities in Sussex by Heads On, the charity for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Please email any queries to

The closing date for expressions of interest will be Friday 8th January 2021. Please click here to download the fund guidance. In order to submit an expression of interest, please register your interest here and complete this expression of interest form.

Webinar Recording

If you missed the webinars earlier in the week, don't fret! Email us to request a copy of the recording of the Sussex NHS Charites Information Webinar.


Q. Are you able to share the additional information that's needed for the final NHS Charities Together application, so that we can consider that in advance?

Yes; please click here to view the final form we will be submitting to NHS Charities Togetherin February.

Q. Where you mention the most deprived areas - is this for priority 1 only or all 3 priorities?

 A. This only applies to Priority 1, Health Inequalities. For projects tackling the health inequalities priority, these must take place in areas of deprivation within: Hastings and Rother; Brighton and Hove; Bognor Regis and Littlehampton; Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford; and Crawley.

Q. Should an EOI address all of the priorities, or a subset?

A. An EOI can address one or more of the priority areas.

Q.You mention a £20k minimum bid - is there a maximum level?

A. No, there is no maximum bid. Total available funding is £725,000, and we will be spreading the funding out as much as possible across the three funding priorities.

Q. Can you have a partnership application between the NHS and the 3rd sector?

A. Yes you can, as long as the 3rd sector organisation is the lead applicant.

Q. How do you define 'NHS Provider'? What about a third sector organisation which delivers some NHS contracts?

A. Yes, a third sector organisation which delivers NHS contracts would be considered an NHS provider.

Q. Does a delivery partner have to be a current NHS provider or can it be third sector providers applying together?

A. Third sector organisations can apply without an NHS provider as a delivery partner, however, it is a requirement of the fund that projects work with or support the NHS. Therefore, this should be made clear in the EOI.

Q. Does the NHS have to be a named partner?

A. No

Q. Can existing projects that have their current funding withdrawn next April still apply?

A. Existing projects are able to apply, as long as all other eligibility criteria is met.

Q. Can new charities (established less than a year) who have no published accounts apply?

Lead Organisations must be able to provide 3 years' worth of accounts or records of expenditure, for example via a link to the audited accounts on the Charity Commission website, or copies of your accounts if published on Companies House. Smaller / newly established organisations could be a partner organisation, but not a lead organisation.

Q. Is there a maximum threshold on the charity's income/size?

A. Lead Organisations must not apply for grant funding amount of more than 20% of their current annual turnover, as demonstrated by your audited or independently examined accounts. Please see the eligibility criteria on the guidance document for more information.

Q. Is it acceptable to be involved in more than one bid, for example a delivery partner in one bid and a lead partner in another bid assuming different activities and not double funding?

A. Yes, this is acceptable.

Q. How many projects do you think you will fund roughly?

A. This is a very hard question! We would like to fund as many projects as possible across the three priorities and across the whole of Sussex, so it depends on the applications we receive.

Q. The first strand covers people with Learning Disabilities - could this include support for their carers too?

A. Yes, this could include support for carers too.

Q. Would you consider an organisation supporting people already bereaved by suicide?

A. Definitely – evidence suggests that people bereaved by suicide are more at risk of suicide themselves, so these projects and organisations tackling this would be welcome.

Q. Is there more than one grant round?

A. No, there is only one grant round.

Q. What incentives are there in place to encourage lead partners to take on the risk for new, smaller organisations? Are you scoring partnership bids more highly?

A. There are no incentives in place to encourage lead partners to take on the risk for new, smaller organisations, and we will not scoring them more or giving them additional funding.

Q. Could you expand on the lived experience requirement in delivery requirements please?

A. Lived experience means doing things with people rather than to them. This means developing your project in partnership with the people who you are planning on providing the intervention for. For example, you could pay service users to be on lived experience boards to consult with them on your project. 

How you can help

Whether you make a donation, attend an event or fundraise for us, every penny will help make life better for people with mental health problems.