The Community Foundation, are managing a new local grant scheme which invites our community and voluntary groups to apply for grants of up to £20,000 to support and aid adults with mental health issues across Staffordshire.


Funding is available for equipment, training, and events to create projects that will provide access to activities and give positive experience to adults with severe mental illnesses. This can only be done due to the £900,000 we received through the Community Mental Health Programme for Adults and Older Adults across all boroughs and districts in the county.

What is the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme?

This forms part of a national programme set out in the NHS Long Term Plan to enable people with severe mental illness to access care and support in a new, more joined up and effective way, regardless of their diagnosis or level of complexity.

This is about offering flexible and personalised care and support that responds to an individual’s mental health needs and preferences close to home; while also increasing support for the wider factors that can impact wellbeing, such as employment, housing and physical health.

To do this, health and care providers are working more closely together, based within networks of GP practices (known as Primary Care Networks), alongside local authorities and voluntary and community organisations.

Find out more view NHS England and NHS Improvement’s short animated video about the transformation nationally.

Who is elegible for this funding?

To be eligible for this funding, your organisation should be based, or working to benefit people in the following local authority areas:

  • North Staffordshire – Including Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough and Staffordshire Moorlands District and Stoke-on-Trent
  • Southern Staffordshire – Including Lichfield District, Tamworth Borough, East Staffordshire District, Stafford Borough, South Staffordshire District, Cannock Chase District

You can be delivering or based in the areas detailed above. However, you must have a local connection to the area in which the proposal will be delivered and clearly demonstrate this connection. Applications without clear demonstration of local connection will not be considered.

In this first round of grant funding there will be system-wide focus on under-represented groups that were the result of a detailed local data analysis. These include:

  • Men over 40 years
  • Muslim and Eastern European communities, inclusive of individuals/families seeking asylum.
  • Older Adults (65year+)
  • Young Adults (18-25 years)
  • LGBTQ+
  • People with co-occurring needs and substance use.
  • People with disabilities
  • Travelling Communities
  • Veterans

Submission Deadlines

Applications received before 12th August 2022 will go to the panel on or around 12th September 2022

There is intention to commission 2 grant rounds per year for the next 3 years. Dates of subsequent application windows and panels are to be confirmed.

How to Apply

To apply for a grant of between £1,000 and £20,000 please submit an application via this link.