Sussex Health and Care Mental Health Collaborative - Updated Funding Opportunity


Sussex Health and Care is an Integrated Care System (ICS) which serves a population of more than 1.7 million people and works in partnership across Sussex, as well as within and across the populations of Brighton and Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex.

Heads On is working to enhance NHS services across Sussex. Our strategy for 2021-25 is focused on addressing health inequalities across the region with a particular focus on the inequalities faced by people with mental health problems, learning disabilities or neurodivergent conditions.

As an NHS charity, Heads On fundraises for and delivers projects that will enhance NHS services and runs a range of grant making programmes within the NHS and voluntary sector.

Funding rounds

The Sussex Health and Care (SHC) Mental Health Collaborative have made available a total of £600,000 to fund projects, delivered by VCSE organisations, that address the recommendations of the national Suicide Prevention strategy and support the transformation of community mental health services for adults in Sussex.

The funding is split between three funding programmes: Innovate, Build, and Grow.

This call for applications is only for projects that support the transformation of adult community mental health services. All funding to support suicide prevention was allocated at the fund's first round. The grants programme is being managed by Heads On, working on behalf of the SHC Mental Health Collaborative.

Current opportunties and availability

Up to £255,000 of Grants for projects delivered in the voluntary sector that support the transformation of NHS community mental health services for adults in Sussex, across two funding programmes:

• £75,000 for Innovate - grants that support the testing of new work

• £180,000 for Build - grants that support the growth and scaling up of existing work

This is the second round of funding. During the first round a total of 46 applications were received, worth £1,596,585 against a total grants budget of £288,000. From this first round we funded nine organisations who were informed in October.

As part of the first funding round we included suicide prevention as a funding focus, alongside transformation of community adult mental health services. Due to the high volume of proposals that related to suicide prevention, we have now allocated all funding available for suicide prevention projects. This second funding round will focus solely on transformation of community adult mental health services.

Deadline for submissions of applications is Noon Tuesday 31st January 2023

For more information and the guidance notes, click here. For the application form, click here.

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