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Closed grant programmes

Since Help the Hospices was set up, it has been offering grants to hospices and their staff, to help them improve the quality of care given to patients, families or carers in their hospice community.

We rely upon funding for these grants from other charitable trusts and foundations and depending on the organisation providing the funding, this could last for one year or be spread over several. Below is further information about the wide range of grant programmes that we have run in the past, both in the UK and overseas.


Closed UK grant programmes

  • The Towergate Charitable Foundation small grantsThe programme aims to improve the treatment or care of patients in member hospices through the use of communication and information technology.
  • Board development programmeAn opportunity for fifteen full UK member hospices to have an analysis of, and support for, their board development needs. Available from 2012 - 2013 and funded by the Monument Trust.
  • Emergency grantsFor UK member hospices facing a financial crisis, to support work directly related to strategically moving a hospice towards a more secure and sustainable long-term future. No deadline, but limited funds available.
  • Development Fund 2011In 2010/11 grants available for UK member hospices where the existing hospice at home services is the single or predominate service to support further development. Funded by National Gardens Scheme.
  • Widening Access through Nurse Leadership: seedcorn grantsGrants up to £7,500 for nurse-led projects researching the need for widening access interventions in hospices settings throughout the UK. Available 2009 - 2010, funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing.
  • Department of Health capital grant programme 2010 - 2011£40 million available to adult hospices in England in 2010 for capital projects to fund improvements to the physical environment and support the implementation of the End of Life Care Strategy.
  • Widening access through nurse leadership: major grantsFunded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing. For UK hospice based nurses to enhance leadership abilities by developing projects to make access to hospice and end of life care more equitable.
  • Department of Health capital grants programme 2007-2009One off £40 million capital grant programme for adult hospices in England to undertake refurbishments, conversions and new builds starting in 2007 and completing 2009.
  • Towergate innovation in income generationFor UK member hospices to develop creative and innovative initiatives to generate income that had not been undertaken before. Available between 2007 and 2008 and funded by Towergate Charitable Foundation.
  • Grants for volunteersFor volunteers to undertake training and education or develop projects to enhance their skills and improve the quality of care for patients, families and carers in hospices. Available 2003 -2007 and funded by HBOS.
  • Francis Winham FoundationBetween 2006 and 2007 grants available for capital and/or equipment costs in English adult hospices that were members of Help the Hospices.
  • Ellerman Foundation grantsBetween 2001- 2007, a wide range of projects funded, aimed at making a discernible difference to patients and their families, to individual hospices, and to the development of palliative care services.
  • St James Place Foundation funded projectsGrants to hospices to develop innovative projects to improve the care of patients with conditions other than cancer. Part of the Care Beyond Cancer programme funded by the St James Palace Foundation and available 2004 2007.
  • Regional and outreach training grantsFunding for hospices between 2002 and 2007 to organise education and training courses, study days and conferences for specialist palliative care staff and non hospice colleagues.
  • Millennium AwardsFrom 1999 to 2002 provided training and development opportunities for hospice volunteers and created new services for patients, families and other volunteers in hospices across the UK.
  • One off capital grant programme 2012Now closed. For UK member hospices to support the establishment of new hospice building(s), but could be extended to equipping new hospices. Deadline for applications was 28 March 2012.

Closed international grants

  • Global advocacy grantsAvailable to national palliative associations in resource-poor countries to fund advocacy activities tackling barriers to hospice and palliative care. Activities were related to World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on Saturday 10 October 2009.
  • Latin American palliative care toolkit grants 2010For health organisations in Latin America to develop training workshops for health workers with little or no knowledge of palliative care, using the 'Palliative care toolkit'.
  • Palliative care toolkit Palliative care toolkit grantsTo develop training workshops, using the palliative care toolkit, for health workers with little or no knowledge of palliative care. Healthcare organisations based in India and Sub-Saharan Africa were eligible to apply.
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