DHSC Suicide Prevention Fund-deadline at 5pm on 16 January 2022

Article date
24 December 2021
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has made available a £4 million Suicide Prevention Fund to support voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations that work to prevent suicide. the funding, applied for on a competitive basis. The funding is only available to support the delivery of suicide prevention activities in England.

Background and funding priorities:

The strategic objectives of the fund are:

  • service provision: to support suicide prevention VCSE organisations to meet the increased need or demand for suicide prevention services because of the pandemic
  • to support service provision particularly to people considered to be at a higher risk of suicide, through the work of the diverse range of suicide prevention VCSE organisations and enhancing service provision to high-risk groups

The fund will prioritise applications from organisations who:

  • focus on high-risk groups
  • provide services in areas with higher rates of suicide
  • can demonstrate that the activity meets the aims of the grant fund
What can you use the funding for:

Eligible costs are:

  • business expenditure, such as staff salaries, appropriate volunteer expenses and fixed or operational costs related to the activity
  • rent
  • utility costs
  • insurances
  • facility or equipment hire
  • core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds (for example, furlough scheme)
  • equipment which is not capitalised and crucial to delivery of activities – for example, items to ensure compliance with public health requirements or a new phone to support a suicide prevention helpline
The value of funding available:

You may apply for the lower of either:

  • Cap 1: the value of eligible activities from April 2021 to March 2022 – the funds can be backdated to cover activities from April 2021,
  • Cap 2 (if applicable): 25% of annual income (proportion relating to England only)
  • Cap 3 (if applicable) is applied to Micro-organisations and groups are limited to a maximum award of £5,000 from the ring-fenced pot of money.
  • This calculation represents a cap – if successful, the actual amount awarded may be lower depending on a range of factors, including availability of funds.
  • Funding requests should also take into consideration value for money.
  • All awarded funding must be spent by 31 March 2022.
How to apply:
Is there a deadline:

Applications are open until 16 January 2022 and application guidance is available (now closed).

If you need further support:
Further support and advice from RVA:

If you would like advice on funding applications or getting ready for funding, including governance requirements and policies that are needed, please contact Herjeet at herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk or telephone 0118 937 2273 for free and independent support and advice.