Social prescribing funding & research

Every month, we compile a list of funding and research for people working in social prescribing. See below for our latest list!

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Thames 21

Thames 21 recently launched two schemes to support community action on rivers. The Rivers Community Grant offers up to £20,000 to support water quality monitoring projects and river restoration works led by charities, community groups and volunteers. The Rivers Large Grant offers up to £100,000 for larger projects and wetland restoration schemes led by local authorities or larger charities.

Innovate Now

This new funding opportunity is for Black-led charities and social enterprises delivering support to Black and Global Majority communities in London.


Link worker professional identity

The role of link workers currently has no nationally prescribed requirements in terms of qualifications, background, or experience. This study is believed to be the first exploration of perceptions of their professional identity and the agency and structure within their roles.

Perspectives on social prescribing & loneliness

This paper reflects on service users’ experiences of accessing a social prescribing scheme which addresses loneliness.

Research participants needed

Directors of Public Health

Association of Directors of Public Health are looking to learn from case studies of deep conversation with communities. They would like examples to have a connection to health, health inequalities, or community resilience in crises. Contact

Cost of living research

The University of Cambridge is running a project on the financial experience of low to middle income individuals regarding the cost of living crisis and socio-economic changes caused by the pandemic to help understand how they could be better supported. Contact