NEW FUND: Nature for Health – Stage 1 applications by 20 Mar

A new fund has been launched to support improved mental health through nature.

Local community organisations in London and other specific areas in England, Scotland, and Wales can apply for grants of between £20,000 and £40,000 for nature-based projects that enhance the mental health of people who experience socio-economic disadvantage, discrimination and marginalisation.

The funding is being provided through the Peoples Health Trust in response to the growing recognition of the positive impact of nature on mental and physical health.

The grant seeks to address health inequalities and promote the wellbeing and mental resilience of individuals and communities.

Funded activity should focus on working with people who are experiencing mental health problems (for example anxiety, panic attacks, depression, loneliness) and:

  • are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage
  • are experiencing marginalisation and discrimination (eg. people from racialised communities, LGBTQ+ people, disabled people, excluded young people, and those struggling to attend school aged 11-18)
  • or are otherwise less likely to access support (eg. men of all ages).

Applicants are asked to secure match funding of at least 25% of the grant value.

There is a two-stage application process with Stage 1 closing on 20 March 2024.

Applicants successful at Stage 1 will then have until 1pm on 1 May 2024 to complete a full application.

Find full details at the Nature for Health webpage.