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General Information

Grants are awarded through specific calls. We may also consider applications that address an urgent need in nursing and midwifery. If you think that your application does this, please send a brief summary to

For specific calls there will be deadlines that will need to be followed. These can be found in the call document and on the website.

This varies and is dependent on the priorities for a given year.

You can apply online through our website


Organisations need to be UK based and should fall into one of the below categories:
  • Registered charities.
  • NHS trusts.
  • Health care organisations.
  • Higher education institutions.

  • Projects or services that the government has a statutory responsibility to provide.
  • Government bodies.
  • Organisations with purposes at odds with our own.
  • General, fundraising or marketing appeals.

This will be dependent on the specific funding call. 

 We don’t fund indirect costs, such as non-specialist equipment.

Before I apply

All applications should be emailed to

No, all parts of the application must be completed.

Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive, we can’t give feedback.

Yes, you can reapply.

Completing the application process

There is no word limit but please ensure your answers are clear and succinct. 


No, once you have submitted your application, you won’t be able to change it. We therefore strongly advise you to take the opportunity to review your application before submitting it.


No, we can’t accept late applications. We therefore strongly recommend submitting before the deadline so that we can assist you with any technical difficulties you may experience.


Applicants will receive an email to confirm their application has been submitted.  If not, please check your junk mail. If you still haven’t received a confirmation email, please email

After applying

Applications over £5,000 have to be presented to our Grants Committee and Board. These meetings take place four times a year. Therefore it can take up to three months for a decision to be made.


Applicants may be invited to interview dependent on the amount applied for. For specific project calls, all shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview.

Successful applicants

You will receive a grant agreement that will include all the terms and conditions of the payment of the grant.


You may be asked to repay the grant awarded to you, or future payments may be withheld.