Creative Awards Scheme

Creative Awards Scheme

Our Creative Awards Scheme aims to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems, their families and carers, by helping them fulfil their creative potential.

The scheme makes grants to individuals so they can engage in creative and educational activities. It is open to anyone who wishes to submit proposals 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.

Awards will range from £75 to £300. They will be given to cover or contribute to the cost of materials, specific projects, training courses or towards providing replacement care in the case of carers who apply. 

Successful applications will be selected by a panel, which will include practising artists and writers.

We are working in partnership on the scheme with the Open College of the Arts, the distance learning arm of the University of the Creative Arts. They will be providing advice, guidance and members of the awards judging panel.

How to apply


The first round of applications is open until Friday, 16th August 2019. There will be a further application window later in the year.

Each applicant will need to submit:

- A letter tellling us about themselves, the reason for applying and the potential benefits of an award.

- A completed application containing personal information.

- A reference from a mental health professional or in the case of a carer, a personal reference.

- Examples of previous work where applicable.

You can download the application form here. Please return this, along with all of the above material, by email to, or by post to: Thomas Andrews, SANE, St Mark's Studios, 14 Chillingworth Road, London, N7 8QJ. If you would like us to post you an application form, please let us know. 

You can find guidance on the application here, and an overview of the scheme here.

For further information please contact Thomas on 020 3805 1790. 

Please note the scheme is not open to applications for proposals in other art forms, for group projects or in pursuit of other educational or political aims.

Anthony Cleyndert


The scheme builds on the tradition of awards given by SANE under our previous art awards scheme.

One of the first beneficiaries of this scheme was Anthony Cleyndert, now an accomplished artist working in oil painting, printmaking and stained glass.

Anthony lives with schizophrenia, and the grant helped him attend a course at St Martin's College of Art and Design in London. He has become a regular exhibitor and was commissioned to design a dramatic stained glass window for our research centre in Oxford.

He says: “When I became ill I thought the world was inaccessible and fragmented. My art carries me through my illness and SANE has been both my inspiration and safe haven. No one’s life is wasted however bad, sick or unhappy they are.”