Health Funders

Funder Amount Closing Date Status
(Bupa UK Foundation) Medium: Up to £100,000 19 May 2017 Closed Bupa UK Foundation has launched its 2017 funding programme which is open to not-for-profit organisations in the UK. Running since 2015, the Foundation selects a different health theme for each round Funding is available for UK based projects that focus on the health and wellbeing of young adults who face ongoing health challenges, supporting and empowering them to live life to the full. The majority of grants are for £20,000 or less. A small number of grants are awarded within the £20,000 to £50,000 range, and occasionally grants of over £50,000 are awarded.
(Social Economy Growth Fund) Not Specified 17 Feb 2017 Closed The Social Economy Growth Fund will enable the third sector/social economy to improve and increase services and support for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. It will help organisations to increase their capacity to support disadvantaged people – for example by expanding existing services and employing additional staff. The Fund will support organisations with a proven track record of working successfully with individuals and families who experience disadvantage, poverty and social exclusion. Organisations applying are expected to: •support people to move into better paid employment •increase household income •improve people's skills •empower people to find and own solutions to poverty themselves   Full details including eligibility criteria and the application process are available from The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 17 February.
(Wolfson Foundation) Not Specified 1 Jul 2017 Closed Grants are generally given for capital infrastructure (new build, refurbishment and equipment) supporting excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health & disability, education and the arts & humanities. The large majority of our funding is allocated through open programmes (i.e. programmes which are open for any applicant to apply, albeit within defined eligibility criteria). We also run a small number of closed programmes (i.e. programmes where the particular field being funded is tightly defined and where we work with a number of carefully selected organisations). Generally our capital infrastructure programmes are open programmes and our closedprogrammes are all bursary, scholarship or salary schemes focussed on people rather than buildings or equipment. Information on all of our programmes is available on this site, including information on how to apply, via the menus to the left. We welcome applications under our open programmes but do not accept unsolicited applications under our closed programmes.  
Allen Lane Foundation Medium: Up to £100,000 Open The Foundation is interested in funding work which benefits people in the following groups, or generalist work which includes significant numbers from more than one such group: Asylum-seekers and refugees (but not groups working with a single nationality),Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender people, Gypsies and Travellers, Migrant workers, Offenders and ex-offenders, Older people,  People experiencing mental health problems, People experiencing violence or abuse  Maximum grant is £15,000 Avrage grant size is around £5,00 - £6,000
Baily Thomas Charitable Fund Small: Up to £10,000 1 Dec 2017 Open This scheme Makes Grants Available to Voluntary organisations in the UK for research into learning disability or to assist with the care and relief of those affected by learning in the UK
Beatrice laing trust Small: Up to £10,000 Open Beatrice laing trust focus is on the relief of poverty and the advancement of the evangelical Christian faith, both at home and abroad. Financial support is given to a wide range of charities seeking to relieve poverty in its broadest sense, both throughout the UK and overseas. Grant recipients include: Organisations, many of them Christian organisations working to express their faith through practical action to help those in need, offering direct support to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society, including: the homeless the elderly former Servicemen and women ex-offenders Charities providing practical services to people with physical, mental and learning difficulties and their families/carers. Examples include: special schools seeking to develop and expand their facilities in order to enable them to meet the needs of people with increasingly complex disabilities those involved in supporting young people with complex needs in the transition into adulthood, providing supported accommodation and opportunities for training/meaningful employment those seeking to provide facilities for respite care Organisations providing opportunities for training and development to young people, in particular those who are disadvantaged or ‘at risk’. Small-scale overseas development projects aiming to build the capacity of local partners to develop long-term sustainable solutions to local problems in countries in the developing world
Big Lotter Fund - improving lives - Medium Medium: Up to £100,000 Open Many people experience challenges at some point in their lives and we want to support activity that helps them overcome these difficulties and become more resilient. We want to fund activity that means people: are better able to identify ways to take control over their lives and build resilience are able to shape the activities and services they use to better meet their needs have more access to support and opportunities to improve their lives. For applications up to £150,000 you only need to fill in a single application form. If you are applying for between £150,000 and £1 million there is a different form and two stage process. To get an application form or to discuss what you're planning, contact our Scotland Advice Team on 0300 123 7110 or      
Cruden Foundation Limited Not Specified Open this scheme makes grants available for registered charities in Scotland working for the support and improvment of the community funding is available for activities that support the main purposes of the trust as follows: The advancement of education the advancment of health The advacment of citizenship or community deelopment. The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science The advancement of public participation in sport The provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities, withe the object of iproving the conditions of life for the person for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended the advacement of environmental protection or improvement the relief of those in need by reson of age , ill health, disability, finacial hardship or other disadvantage. the advacement of Animal welfare.   The trust does not maintain and email address or website. applications must be submitted in writing and must demonstrate need and purposes of support and be adressed to   The Secretary Cruden Foundation Limite Baserton House Juniper Green Edinburgh EH14 3HN
DM Thomas Foundation for Young People Small: Up to £10,000 10 Oct 2017 Open We provide funding for organisations which work to improve the lives of children and young people across Europe. Our grants focus on providing equipment, training and support to young people, and are administered through several different models
Esmee Fairbairn Fund Medium: Up to £100,000 Open The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK. The aim is to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK both now and in the future. They fund the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. fund across four main sectors – Arts, Children and Young People, Environment and Social Change – as well as through our Food funding strand. Across all our funding we aim to unlock and enable potential, back the unorthodox and unfashionable, build collective networks and catalyse system change.  
Garfield Weston Foundation Large: Over £100,000 Open The Foundation aims to be responsive to where need is greatest. We therefore support a wide range of charitable activity rather than having specific priorities for funding or regional bias. Our Trustees support excellence and, rather than predetermining where funds should be given, prefer to respond on a flexible basis to organisations that can show that they are addressing a need and that their work is high quality.
Hugh Fraser Foundation Not Specified Open This scheme provides grants to non-profit organisations for charitable work in the UK, whith a preference for scotland. the Trustees favour smaller, more focused causes rather than large highly-publicised appeals. Applications are assessed on a case-by case basis with no maximum or minimum levels specified. so long as the object is charitable the trustees will consider any application from a registerd charity. The trustees make grants in many different sectors. including: Medical research Hospitals. Education Organisations working withe Young and Aged the disabled and the under Privleged. Arts Organisations the trustees policy is to pay special regard to applications from Scotland, particulary from parts of scotland where the local economy and/ or circumstances make fundrasing for charitable purposes difficult there is no prescribed application form. applications should be by a letter of application, which should describe the project, and include a buget, if appropriate, and a copy of the organisation's latest accounts or up-to-date financial information.  
One Stop Carriers for Causes Grants Small: Up to £10,000 Open The One Stop’s ‘Carriers for Causes’ grants programme is funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores in England, Wales and Scotland. The funding is administered by Groundwork on behalf of One Stop. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for projects that benefit local communities within two miles of a One Stop store in Great Britain. Projects must meet at least one of the following outcomes: Improving the lives of young people. Improving the lives of the elderly. Promoting physical activity. Improving health or well being. Increasing community safety. Protecting or improving the local environment. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to: One off community events such as community fun day expenses, summer youth camp, litter picking, day trips costs for community based clubs or organisations, sports events, expenses to pay for terminally ill cancer patients on visits to the seaside. Purchasing items to run a project such as specialised medical equipment, football/cricket /netball kit for local junior club, arts and craft materials for a workshop, kitchen equipment for a healthy eating project, marketing materials for an event, fishing kit for youth project. Improvements to community buildings such as painting, refurbishing buildings such as hospices, scout or guide huts, school building, community centres. Improvements to external spaces such as park clean ups, community gardens, hospital/hospice gardens, disabled access projects, food growing projects, woodland walk. Purchasing materials to undertake a place based improvement project such as buying paint, litter pickers, gravel, grass seed, plants, and benches. The funding can be spent on project costs as follows: 90% of the grant must be spent on direct delivery, by which is meant physical works and labour costs. 10% of the grant can be spent on indirect costs, by which is meant management, administration, evaluation, promotion, fundraising, and training. Non-profit making organisations can apply as long as they are constituted and have a governing docume
Robertson Trust Not Specified Open The Robertson Trust is an independent Scottish grant-making Trust which exists to provide financial support to charities as defined by the Law of Scotland. In practice, this enables the Trustees to donate to a wide range of charitable objectives where the work takes place in, or has an impact on, Scotland.   the organisation has 3 Funding Strands   1. Care and wellbeing 2. Strenghening Communities 3 Realising Potential and its outcomes are Improved confidence & self-esteem Increased inclusion Improved Skills and Knowledge Improved Health and Well-being  
RS Macdonald Charitable Trust Not Specified 30 Sep 2017 Open The R S Macdonald Charitable Trust,  principal areas of interest are: Neurological conditions, Sight impairment, Child welfare,  Animal welfare
St Nicholas Care Fund Not Specified Open Grant for voluntary sector organisations in the City of Glasgow, the districts of East and West Dunbartonshire, North and South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, and that part of Argyll and Bute District around Helensburgh and the Gareloch that assist with social need. The St Nicholas Care Fund exists to provide help in Christ's name to those most at need in society regardless of their race, colour or creed. The Fund is a Church agency, although the help which will be provided is not restricted to activities or interests carried out within the Church.Applications may be submitted at any time and are considered quarterly.
The ASDA Foundation Not Specified Open The ASDA Foundation supports a range of good causes around the UK. It exists primarily to give support to existing projects being run by ASDA colleagues, although applications are open to all registered charities, community groups and individuals in the UK, as long as they have the support and involvement of local ASDA colleagues. Applications are accepted throughout the year and will be assessed at the quarterly trustee meeting. Eligible individuals/organisations must: operate in the UK be providing a clear benefit to their local community be non-profit making have direct support and involvement from one of the ASDA colleagues. To apply visit your local ASDA branch and speak with a member of staff.
The Benevolent Fund Small: Up to £10,000 Open This scheme helps young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. Grants up to £15,000 are available for registered charities and community groups with an annual income of less than £250,000 The fund prefers to help new projects in the early stages and, in particular, innovatory projects which could act as a model for similar work elsewhere. the priorities of the fund are to help: Helping disadvantaged young people; and offenders and ex-offenders particularly those under 30 years of age. Small organisations and charities that offer direct services are preferred. further information is avalible by contacting the fund on 0207606, email them at or access their website via the link below.  
The Community Food and Health (Scotland) Capacity Building Fund Small: Up to £10,000 8 Dec 2017 Closed This scheme provides funding to support groups and agencies running food and health activities in Scotland to build the knowledge, skills and expertise they need to help them deliver their activities better.   Grants of up to £500 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations or social enterprises working with people in a low-income community or already involved in running a food and health activity.   The funding can be used for the following:   All or part of the cost of a member of staff, volunteer, or management committee/board member taking part in a capacity building activity (for example a training or learning opportunity). All or part of the cost of delivering an in-house capacity building activity for staff, volunteers or management committee/board members.   Applicants must be able to show how funding will build the knowledge, skills and expertise of volunteers, staff or management committee or board members, and demonstrate how this will make a positive difference to their food and health activities
The Good Neighbour Fund Small: Up to £10,000 Open Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP), together with its main contractors Ferrovial Lagan and Amey, is launching The Good Neighbour Fund, a new funding initiative set up to give something back to local communities in close proximity to the £500m M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvement Project. Through The Good Neighbour Fund, SRP has allocated £15,000 for 2016 / 2017 to support local groups, organisations and charities that meet the funding criteria and is now inviting applications for grants of up to £500. Organisations eligible for funding should encourage education and skills development, support a local community initiative or charity, or have environmental benefits. All applications will be considered on an individual basis. For an application form, please email:
The Henry Smith Charity - Holiday Grants for Children Small: Up to £10,000 17 Nov 2017 Open This Scheme Makes Grants up to £2,500 available  for chools, youth groups, not got profit organisations and charities to provide access to recreational trips or holidays for groups of children who experience disadvantage or who have disabilties
The Sportsman Charity Small: Up to £10,000 Open Registered charitable organisations can apply to this charity for between £500 to £5,000 funding. The Trustees will consider applications from charities working in Scotland in the fields of sport, children and young people, disability and the disadvantaged. Their aim is to provide support which can make a significant difference to the delivery of existing activities, rather than funding running costs or overheads. A major proportion of the distribution of funds is by grants to smaller charities and projects. In addition, each year the Charity identifies two partner organisations which will receive a significant proportion of the funds raised at The Sportsman’s Dinner.
The Wesleyan Foundation Small: Up to £10,000 Open The Wesleyan Foundation has announced that it will award up to £1 million in grants each year to small charities with the aim of transforming hundreds of lives and communities across the UK. Foundation Scotland is managing the Small Grants fund in Scotland. Constituted community groups, registered charities, not-for-profit companies limited by guarantee and social enterprises can apply for grants of up to £2,000. Groups must have an income of less than £250,000 per annum and be based and working in Scotland. The funding is for projects that address at least one of the following categories: Improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise. Maximise ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity. Advance people’s physical, mental health and wellbeing.
True Colours Up to £5,000 Open The Trustees’ grant making focuses on the following three areas: Improving the service delivery and support offered to children with complex disabilities, their families and siblings in the UK. Strengthening palliative care services for children in the UK. Promoting and developing palliative care for adults and children in sub-Saharan Africa.
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation Up to £50,000 Open Our grants programme supports projects in the UK which address issues in Rural Communities and/or areas of Urban Deprivation. Within these two main headings, we are interested in helping established projects which work in the fields of Community Support; Arts, Education & Heritage; Disability & Health Care.
Ulverscroft Foundation Not Specified 15 Sep 2017 Open this scheme provides funding to projects in the UK that benifit the visually impaired. it funds work to assist and improve the treatment and education of the visually impaired. it also funds medical research and facilities for the treatment or alleviation of visual impairment.
Women's Fund for Scotland Up to £5,000 Open The Women’s Fund makes grants to projects across Scotland that support women’s development, self-sufficiency, and social and economic equalityThe Women’s Fund for Scotland makes grants across four key themes: Building skills and confidence Improving health and well-being Building social networks Moving on from violence Currently, available funds are distributed to grass roots not-for-profit organisations run by or for women that are working to address these themes who apply to Foundation Scotland’s Express Grants programme.
Wooden spoon charity Not Specified Open The scheme seeks to make a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK.   With those principles projects which will benefit children and young people who are disadvantaged, physically, mentally or socially. Projects are normally of a capital nature, the phone reasonably long term lifetime. Educational programs are typically funded for a period of three years must include a key rugby element. Grants will be considered for Equipment, kit, salaries and administration costs. However funding is not normally available for the following. Computer or electronic equipment vehicle projects (minibus) revenue expenditure individuals Wooden spoons contribution may be up to 100% of the cost