Saving Lives Innovation Fund

Our Saving Lives Innovation Fund is available to fund new or emerging programmes designed to prevent suicides, save lives and reduce self-harm.

We know that in the right hands, a little can go a long way, so we want your innovative and new ideas about how to save lives, and reduce self-harm, across Kent and Medway.

The objective for this fund is to test new ideas and develop evidence of what works. This can then be used to secure sustainable funding for the most effective new projects going forward. This fund is not designed to be used to plug gaps, or to increase the capacity of existing services.

For more information read the Saving Lives Innovation Fund prospectus (PDF, 2.8 MB).

Applications are now closed.

Funding for this year’s Innovation Fund comes from a COVID-19 Recovery Fund, and therefore all projects will be required to include COVID-19 safe messaging (promoting national messaging around Hands, Face, Space) and promote good behaviour choices (such as regular testing, or vaccine uptake) throughout delivery.

Applicants can bid for up to £25,000.

Before you apply, you must consider that the project:

  • needs to be completed by the end of March 2022 and will be expected to take part in a simple project evaluation.
  • can be aimed at adults, or children and young people, or both
  • must demonstrate that they are innovative, and therefore “business as usual” activity won’t be funded
  • must either be new, or demonstrate how they will expand existing projects to new target groups or geographical areas
  • must include a proposal which demonstrates how they will engage with people with lived experience. As research has shown that co-production and co-delivery is key to ensuring participants engage with projects.

We can only accept applications from organisations which are formally constituted and have a bank account. This includes:

  • registered charities
  • parish councils
  • community interest companies
  • limited companies
  • public sector bodies.

Applications to fund mental health or suicide prevention training places will not be considered within this round. Any applications for traditional counselling or therapy be will also not be considered. This is because they don’t meet the threshold for innovation.

Applications are now closed.

Deadline: 22 July 2021

If you have any questions about the fund or the application please email