Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Suicide Prevention Innovation Grant Fund

What is the Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund?

This innovation grant is to support new or emerging projects with a small pot of funding designed to prevent suicides, save lives and reduce self-harm in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG).

Applicants can apply for one-off funding grants of up to £250 towards their project (or up to £500 where it is across BNSSG). There is a total funding pot of £4,500 available.

We are looking, in particular, for imaginative and innovative projects which aim to reduce the numbers of suicides in:

  • middle aged men
  • men and women aged 16-25
  • BAME communities
  • LGBTQ+ communities
  • Disabled communities


The funded projects will contribute to the overall BNSSG aim of reducing suicide rates.

Who can apply for the Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund?

Any individual or constituted organisation can apply. It is anticipated that the majority of funding will be awarded to community groups, small charities, individuals with an innovative idea and the voluntary sector.

We know that in the right hands, a little can go a long way, so we want your ideas about how to save lives across BNSSG.

What will not be awarded by the Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund?

The innovation fund will not support:

  • requests for attendance at training courses, attendance at Training for Trainers courses, or the development of training courses. Should you have any suicide prevention related training needs please contact:
  • projects to support those bereaved by suicide. If you have an interest in this area, please contact:
  • projects that are ongoing. The innovation fund is for new
  • projects lacking innovation. The innovation fund is looking for imaginative, creative projects that do not duplicate already existing projects.
  • staff costs
  • capital expenditure (e.g. laptops)

Set Outcomes: guidance on completing your application form

While completing your application form please consider the set outcomes you hope to achieve such as the impact your project will have, how it will be delivered and how it will involve the people it is trying to support. Please also consider whether your project is sustainable when the funding has ended and how you plan to evaluate it. Successful applicants will be required to monitor the outcomes they expect to deliver, give monthly updates by phone, produce a final report and produce at least one publishable qualitative case study demonstrating the project’s impact.

What happens if I am successful?

You will be contacted by a member of Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN), to discuss your project and sign a short agreement. Your organisation would be required to raise an invoice in order to do this. If you anticipate any difficulties with this, please contact Tom Renhard on

Please email to request a application form.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the Suicide Prevention Innovation Fund, please email Tom Renhard on