Saving Lives – Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund

The Saving Lives – Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund was established in 2018 to fund new or emerging programmes designed to prevent suicides, save lives and reduce self-harm. After two successful rounds of funding, 29 projects covering a wide range of activities took place including:

  • arts projects
  • research
  • awareness raising
  • and film production.

Through these projects, over 1,200 people were reached, over 400 of which were not already known to organisations. This year, we want your innovative and new ideas about how to save lives and reduce self-harm, across Kent and Medway.

Applications must:

  • have a clear target of reducing suicide and self-harm
  • be able to demonstrate engagement with people who have experience of these issues, as we have learnt that co-production is key to ensuring participants engage with projects.

Applicants can bid for up to £15,000, however due to external funding restrictions, projects will need to be delivered by the end of March 2020 and will be expected to take part in a simple project evaluation.

For more information about how The Saving Lives – Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund can help organisations read our:

Who can apply

We can only accept applications from organisations which are formally constituted (e.g. registered charity, parish council, community interest company, limited company or public sector body).

Applicants need to be aware that:

  • projects need to be delivered by end of March 2020
  • applications to fund additional training courses or places will not be considered within this round.
  • applications for traditional counselling and therapy interventions will not be considered – applications will be required to show how what they are proposing is truly innovative.

For further information and advice please email


The application closed at midday on 5 September 2019 and successful projects will be expected to attend a launch event in Maidstone (venue to be confirmed) on 17 October 2019.

You will be notified as soon as possible whether you have been successful. We regret that we will be unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful submissions.