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In February 2022 the Prudence Trust ran its first open grants round, ‘More Places to Go for Help’. Our board was delighted to award five charities grants covering a three-year period to increase their capacity to support young people struggling with anxiety and depression.

This funding round is now closed, but you can read about it, and the successful charities here.

Future open rounds may focus on different aspects of young people’s mental health and will be published on our website here. If you wish to join our mailing list to be informed of such opportunities, please go to our Contact Us page and we’ll keep you informed.


Application deadline
Monday 14 March 2022, 12pm

Purpose of funding
To increase the availability of mental health support services for young people aged 11-25 with signs of depression or anxiety.

Eligible organisations
UK registered charities, with an annual income above £250,000.
Must have a track record of running mental health support services or services for young people.

Example eligible costs
Salaries, programme or service running costs, refurbishment work, equipment.

Location of the project
London (within the M25) or online (offering UK wide service)

Value and term of grants
£30,000-£150,000 per year for up to 3 years.
Total grants budget: £1.5 million

Information webinars

The webinars have now taken place and a link to the Q&A is below.

More Places to Go for Help 2022

We know that one in six children and young people have a probable mental health problem1, and that there are long waiting lists to get help and not enough places to go for support where young people feel comfortable. Our first open funding round aimed to increase the availability of mental health support services for young people in Greater London – and across the country through online services – by enabling charities already offering excellent services to do even more. We received over 80 applications from a variety of truly impressive organisations in a highly competitive round.

The following charities were awarded three-year grants. You can read more about what activities these grants supported on Our Impact page.

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The Mix logo
Young Roots logo
Groundwork logo
Body & Soul logo

How were the grants decided?

Our advisory committee prioritised applications from organisations who:

  • Could demonstrate a strong track record in delivering mental health services and services to young people.
  • Would specifically target additional young people experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • Could demonstrate value for money and financial sustainability.
  • Engage meaningfully with young people and stakeholders (such as families and local healthcare) in the design, delivery and evaluation of their project.

Who was the advisory committee?

The advisory committee was made up of mental health experts, young people and service providers.

Prue MacLeod, Founder and Trustee of the Prudence Trust
Emma Thomas, CEO of YoungMinds
Dr Sophie Browning, Head of Psychology and Psychotherapy CAMHS at South London & Maudsley
Clem MacLeod, publisher
Danny Lee, Student Wellbeing Manager at LAMDA & psychotherapeutic counsellor
Halima Ali, young person
Jamie Brown, young person
Julia Samuel, Trustee of the Prudence Trust and psychotherapist
Tara Leathers, Director of the Prudence Trust (Chair of Advisory Committee)

The Prudence Trust - places to go for help

The long-term health of the population is inextricably bound up with understanding and improving the mental health of young people.  It has never been clearer that this an urgent issue.

Wol Kolade
Member of the Prudence Trust Mental Health Advisory Panel