Bupa UK Foundation grants value – discretionary but usually £20,000 or less

Date published: 26/04/2017

Deadline for applications: 19 May 2017

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for practical projects that tackle critical challenges in health and social care, make a direct impact on people's health and wellbeing and address the Foundation's theme for that year.

The Bupa UK Foundation's mission is to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. The Foundation's funding programmes are developed around clearly defined themes and reflect important factors that underpin health and wellbeing. Among others these include mental health, ageing well, managing long-term conditions, behaviour change and healthy living.

Each round will focus on a different theme. The theme of the 2017 funding programme is Healthy Futures which focuses on young adults aged 18 to 25 with specific interest in projects that will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of young adults who face ongoing health challenges, supporting and empowering them to live life to the full.

The Bupa UK Foundation has selected this theme for 2017 in recognition of the fact that 'young adults are particularly vulnerable as they leave secondary education and move towards becoming independent. For those living with health concerns this period can be even more challenging. Poor transitions, changing support networks and gaps in provision, along with new responsibilities all have the potential to lead to poorer outcomes and experiences.'

Value notes:

It is expected that around 12 to 15 grants will be awarded in this funding round.

The majority of grants are for £20,000 or less. A small number of grants may be awarded within the £20,000 to £50,000 range, and occasionally grants of more than £50,000 are awarded.

Grant recipients will receive an additional 15% on top of grant funding awarded as a contribution towards core costs. This contribution is therefore unrestricted funding for successful applicants to use however they wish.

Who can apply:

Not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises and community interest companies, based and operating in the UK can apply.

Partnership bids will be accepted as long as there is one clearly identified lead organisation that will take a central co-ordinating role to ensure the project is delivered as outlined.

Any application from a local or regional charity that is affiliated to a wider network, federation or organisation will only be accepted if the application has been submitted through the national office.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals or causes that benefit just one person;

  • Work that does not fall within the scope of the Bupa UK Foundation's charitable purposes;

  • Work that is not clearly aligned with the stated funding priorities of a specific funding programme;

  • Projects delivered outside of the UK even if the applicant is UK based;

  • Long-term projects and initiatives. It is expected that most projects will be delivered within 12 to 18 months;

  • Projects delivered by local authorities, housing associations, or other work which might reasonably be eligible for funding from statutory bodies;

  • General awareness or information campaigns;

  • Respite breaks or cover for respite breaks, day trips and holiday;

  • Sponsorship of or attendance at meetings, events and conferences;

  • Fundraising appeals, including requests for contributions to capital or equipment costs;

  • Unrestricted funding for charities or other organisations;

  • Educational bursaries or grants for university or postgraduate education, school trips or projects, gap year or elective year projects.

  • Academic research, including funding for educational or research posts;

  • Multiple applications in each round. Only one application per organisation per funding round will be accepted.

Eligible expenditure:

To be eligible, projects must:

  • meet the current funding focus;

  • be clearly for public benefit;

  • take place within the UK;

  • Be delivered within 12 to 18 months.

For the 'Healthy Futures' programme, the Bupa UK Foundation is looking to fund practical projects that are designed to engage and support people directly.

Projects must clearly fit the following criteria:

  • Supports young people aged 18 to 25 years who face ongoing health challenges;

  • Focuses on addressing, supporting or improving health or wellbeing;

  • Provides evidence of the specific needs that the project aims to address;

  • Explains how those who will benefit from the project will be reached and engaged;

  • Includes details of how the health outcomes and impact of the project will be measured.

How to apply:

The deadline for applications is 19 May 2017. Applications are reviewed on the date they are submitted, and each project is assessed on its own merits. The earlier an application is submitted, the sooner it will be assessed.

There is a two-stage application process. The first stage is to submit an online first stage application form, which can be found on the Bupa UK Foundation website. Stage two requires a more detailed application which will be available to groups that were successful at stage one.

Applications submitted by email or by post will not be accepted.

The Bupa UK Foundation is staffed by a small team with limited resources and is, therefore, unable to offer general guidance or advice, or answer questions where the information is readily available on the Foundation's website here >>>

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