Creative Awards Scheme

SANE Creative Awards Scheme

The second round of funding for the SANE Creative Awards Scheme was launched on 11 February 2020, following the overwhelming response to the launch of the scheme in 2019.

The aim of the scheme is to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems, their families and carers, by helping them to fulfil their creative potential.

Awards range from £75 to £300 and are given for the cost of materials, specific projects, training courses, or funds for relief cover for carers. The scheme is open to anyone with a mental health problem, or a carer. Applications are assessed by a panel, which includes practising artists.

Proposals in this second round can be submitted for works of visual art. For the purposes of the scheme, visual art encompasses all forms of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media and digital art.

“We hope this scheme will encourage people to translate their experience into creative expression. We have been incredibly moved by both the talent and stories people shared with us in the first round of awards, and the way in which our relatively small contribution can revive a person’s self-esteem and artistic ambition.”

Marjorie Wallace CBE, SANE Founder and CEO

SANE is working in partnership with the Open College of the Arts, the distance learning arm of the University for the Creative Arts, which is providing advice, guidance and members of the awards assessment panel.

The SANE Creative Awards Scheme was launched in May 2019. This built on the success of the charity’s previous Art Award scheme launched in 1994, which helped many painters, sculptors, photographers and craftspeople, some of whom embarked on successful careers as a result.

The Charles Bracken Award

SANE is delighted to announce, as part of the scheme, the Charles Bracken Award in honour of Charles Bracken MBE, who died on 27th January 2020. Charles was a founding Director and recent Chairman of SANE, who gave 35 years of his life in supporting the charity and pioneering its development.

The Charles Bracken Award, to a value of £1,000, will be made annually in recognition of exceptional talent in communicating the relationship between creative endeavour and mental illness. It will be able to cover creative and educational activities such as creating pieces of artwork, enrolling on a course or holding an exhibition.


Application forms can be downloaded here

Application Guidance can be downloaded here

Completed applications should be sent to Thomas Andrews, SCAS Project Officer, by email or by post to SANE, St Mark’s Studios, 14 Chillingworth Road, London, N7 8QJ

If you would like more information about the Creative Awards Scheme, please call Thomas Andrews on 07932 693 663.

The SANE Creative Awards Scheme has closed for this round of awards.


If you are interested in applying for an award, please check the website periodically for details of future rounds.