National Academy for Social Prescribing

The Thriving Communities Network brings together local voluntary, community, faith, social enterprise groups and organisations, to champion and amplify the impact of their work, and inspire innovation. It’s free to join.

Joining the network will give you access to the:

Thriving Communities Webinars Series – monthly webinars to support and celebrate the work of local community groups and organisations in reducing health inequalities.

Thriving Communities Ideas Hub – Inspiring ideas and championing stories to help communities thrive

Share your ideas, and read others’ stories in our Thriving Communities Ideas Hub – bringing together our Network to champion successes, share challenges and support each other together.

NASP regional teams may be able to give guidance about your project and provide information about local opportunities.

Arts Council England

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants 

If your project has a cultural focus, you may be eligible to apply to the Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants, a £75m open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. Through this fund we support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations, with grants ranging from £1,000 – £100,000.

Developing Your Creative Practice

This fund supports creative practitioners thinking of taking their practice to the next stage – to research, have time to create new work, travel, train, develop ideas, network or find mentoring. It may be able to support those working in arts and health programmes to develop their practice and support a social prescribing service.

Creative People and Places

Our Creative People and Places programme focuses on parts of the country where involvement in arts and culture is significantly below the national average. Projects based in one of the eligible areas may be eligible for support through this programme – please note the fund is currently suspended due to Covid-19, but we’re looking to reopen as soon as possible.

Although none of these funds are designed specifically for social prescribing activity, each has the potential to support projects – or practitioners operating in social prescribing contexts – if the relevant wider criteria for each funding stream are met. If you are interested in one of these strands, but are unsure of your eligibility, you can contact the Arts Council Customer Services team here.

You can view all our open funds here, and sign up to our newsletter for regular updates from the Arts Council. For more information about how we support Social Prescribing please visit here.

In addition to our funding we regularly sign post information on Government schemes and other financial support that partners and various professional bodies are offering during this period:

Sport England

In addition to our regular funding streams, which have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, we’ve opened a £16.5m Return to Play Fund.

There are three parts to this fund – Small Grants and the Community Asset Fund, which have been adapted from pre-coronavirus funds, and Active Together crowdfunding, which has been extended – with all three now focusing on a safe return to play and narrowing the inequalities gap in sport and physical activity.

They’ll do this by supporting groups and organisations working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, people on lower incomes, those disproportionately affected financially as a result of the pandemic, disabled people and people with long-term health conditions, and those experiencing a greater burden of care responsibilities since the pandemic began.

Sport England Guidance 

Sport England has compiled guidance to help aid for the eventual return to sport and physical activity delivery. The guidance includes information on inclusion and accessibility, clubs toolkit, support for the workforce and volunteers, as well as hygiene guidance.


Mind’s Mental health awareness for sport and physical activity course: Completing this online course will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to better understand and support people living with mental health problems, and create a positive environment that ensures they enjoy the benefits of being active and keep coming back for more. It is currently available for £12.

Historic England

Funding for heritage projects

If your project has a strong heritage element and/or helps protecting the historic environment in your area, you may be eligible to apply for funding from Historic England or other heritage organisations. Here is a selection of some of the available funding opportunities for heritage:

Historic England Heritage Protection Commissions

Heritage Protection Commissions (HPC) funds projects that help us to learn more about our historic environment, how people value and interact with it, and what innovations will help us to look after it for the future. We are interested to explore the link between wellbeing and the historic environment and how heritage can improve people’s lives and the places they live in. If your project has the potential to address any of this, we will be interested to discuss options for your application. If you would like to get in touch, please email Desi Gradinarova, National Lead for the Historic Environment at NASP –

To find out the full range of funding opportunities, offered by Historic England, please visit Our Grant Schemes webpage.

Other Funding for Heritage

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Using money raised by the National Lottery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund gives grants to sustain and transform our heritage. Find out more from the National Lottery Heritage Fund website.

Heritage Funding Directory – The Heritage Funding Directory is a free, easy-to-use guide to financial and other support for anyone undertaking UK related heritage projects.

ChurchCare – You can find advice for parishes on how to raise money for maintaining, repairing and developing church buildings via the ChurchCare website.

Funds Online – The Directory of Social Change’s Funds Online website contains information on over eight thousand grant-making trusts.

Money and Pensions Service

The Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) brings together three respected financial guidance bodies: the Money Advice Service, The Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise. MaPS is an arm’s-length body sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions, established at the beginning of 2019, and also engages with HM Treasury on policy matters relating to financial capability and debt advice.

Help and support for organisations is available through our network of Regional Managers.

Help and support for the general public is available through our Money Advice Service website including guides which may be helpful for people struggling with their mental health.

Money problems and poor mental wellbeing – Money Advice Service

Mental Health and Money Toolkit : Mental Health & Money Advice

NHS Charities Together

National Lottery Funding

Covid-19 Funding

Heritage Lottery Fund