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Applications to our 2021/2022 grants programme

As uncertainties about Covid 19 continue but life in some respects becomes more normal, the Trustees have decided to move away from offering only an emergency programme. Accordingly, and until further notice, applications can now be made to either of two funding streams (1) project funding and (2) Covid recovery, core/ongoing costs.

Full details are given here, and all applicants need to read them.


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Application requirements:
cancer category

The Trust awards grants to UK registered or exempt charities whose work fulfils the criterion:

Care of and services for people suffering from cancer, and their families.

In a typical year the Trust is able to respond positively to around 1 in 5 eligible applications with around 20 charities supported with grants varying from 3,000 to 30,000. Charities whose work is primarily the provision of care for people with cancer and their families are most likely to succeed, but the Trustees will consider other charities where projects are specifically aimed at the cancer care element of their work.

We are not necessarily looking for glossy professional bids and understand that your application will vary according to the size of organisation and the project. The following lists the areas that must be covered – if you fail to do so we will not consider your application.

  1. Organisation overview

    1.1 Name and contact details including:

    • Name, address, charity number (state if exempt from requirement to register);
    • and

    • name of main contact, telephone and email.
    1.2 Background and overview to include:

    • a very short history of the charity, when it was founded and why for instance;
    • overarching aims and objectives;
    • numbers and relevant information about clients/beneficiaries – this might include geographic location, age group etc.
    • for charities such as hospices, which also support people with non-cancer diagnoses, you must state the percentage of beneficiaries with cancer; and
    • numbers of staff and volunteers (and an indication of the areas in which they help).
  2. Project description

    2.1 Explain what you want a grant for/towards including:

    • why it is necessary;
    • who will benefit and how; and
    • how you will deliver it.
    2.2  Give the total cost and:

    • include a breakdown of the main items of expenditure, including the VAT position (explain if reclaimable or not);
    • tell us how you intend to raise the funding and how much you have raised so far; and
    • if you have other applications outstanding, tell us how many and for how much.
  3. Contingency plan. Explain what you intend to do if you fail to raise all the funds.
  4. Timetable. Tell us your timescale for raising funds and when you aim to start and complete the project.
  5. Annual accounts. You must include your latest audited accounts and annual review (if you have one). If your financial reserves are not clear in the accounts, please provide further details. If your reserves are greatly under or over policy we would like to know why.
  6. Other information. Please include any other information which you feel will assist us in judging your application. This could include for example a copy of your newsletter, or short promotional/ advertising leaflets.

If you wish to talk through a potential application then please contact us in the Grants Office either by email or by telephone on 020 8941 0450. It is only manned part time so email is sometimes quicker.


Examples of previous grants

A 30,000 was donated to a 3.6M appeal to fund the building of a new hospice.

A small very specialist cancer charity was given 11,000 to fund the re-design of its website to widen its reach to patients.

A hospice was awarded 4,000 towards the cost of replacing old computers for staff.

A local cancer centre was awarded 15,000 towards the 150,000 cost of fitting out new premises.

12,000 was awarded to a local cancer centre to fund a new counselling service for families who have a child with cancer.

A hospice was awarded 20,000 towards a 300,000 capital appeal to refurbish its inpatient unit.

15,000 was awarded towards the cost of a new nurse-call system for a hospice inpatient unit.

A grant of 10,000 was awarded to a hospice towards the 15,000 cost of adapting 2 inpatient rooms for the needs of terminally-ill people suffering from dementia.


Applications should be submitted from June and by 31 August at the latest.

Please try and get your application to us before the final deadline, as large numbers received on or just before 31 August will mean that these applications do not get our fullest attention.