Frequently Asked Questions

The answers to the following frequently asked questions provide an overview of our approach to funding and guidance for potential applicants. It is suggested that you read this information carefully before you make a start on preparing an application for funding.
What kind of work will the Bupa UK Foundation support?

The Bupa UK Foundation's mission is to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. Through its grant-making the Bupa UK Foundation funds practical projects and initiatives which aim to tackle critical issues in health and social care and improve health and wellbeing in the UK.

The Bupa UK 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.

An overview of our approach to funding, along with details of the application and assessment process can be found here.
Does the Bupa UK Foundation provide funding for an organisation's core operational costs or overheads?

The Bupa UK Foundation funds projects and initiatives that make a direct impact on people's health and wellbeing in the UK. Your application should relate to a specific project, not 'business as usual' or core costs.

Recognising that there will be an element of core costs incurred in delivering a project, the Bupa UK Foundation provides successful grant recipients with an additional 15% of the total amount of grant funding awarded as a contribution towards core costs. This contribution is therefore unrestricted funding for successful applicants to use however they wish.
Will you consider funding a project that is already running or does it have to be new work?

In a small number of circumstances we will consider funding projects that are already up and running. These are likely to be pilot programmes that are being rolled out to reach a new or much wider audience, or projects that take a new approach in tackling a specific challenge. Please note, the Bupa UK Foundation will not provide funding for projects that could reasonably be considered 'business as usual'.
How much can we ask for and for how long?

In reviewing applications, we consider a number of criteria, including the scope and impact of a project and the size of the organisation applying. We expect projects that receive funding to be delivered within 12 to 18 months.

We strongly advise applicants to apply for the level of funding the project requires, rather than the maximum level of funding available.
Will I have a better chance if I apply early?

We review applications based on the date they are submitted, and assess each project on its own merits. The earlier you submit an application, the sooner it will be assessed. Please note, applications will not be accepted after the closing date.
Where does the Foundation fund geographically?

The Bupa UK Foundation will fund projects that make a tangible impact on health and wellbeing in the UK. By the UK we mean England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. We do not fund any overseas work, even if the organisation running the project is UK based.
Can we submit multiple applications?

No. The Bupa UK Foundation will only accept one application per organisation for each funding round.

If your organisation is part of or affiliated to a national organisation, body or network, we encourage you to contact your national office or HQ to find out whether there are plans to submit an application ‎on behalf of the national network before you make a start on an application for funding.
We are a social enterprise / a Community Interest Company / a for profit organisation delivering a charitable project. Can we submit an application for funding?

Yes, as long as the proposed project is clearly for public benefit and fits the focus of an open funding programme. If your application progresses to Stage 2, we will ask you for further information to support appropriate due diligence.
I am an individual. Can I submit an application for funding?

No. We do not fund individuals or causes that will benefit just one person. This includes grants for educational bursaries, gap year or elective projects, and academic research as part of undergraduate or postgraduate education.
Do you accept partnership bids?

Yes, the Bupa UK Foundation does accept partnership bids. However, one clearly identified lead organisation will need to submit the application on behalf of the partnership and act as the main point of contact for all communication with the Bupa UK Foundation. If the project is successful in securing funding, the lead organisation will be required to take on a central co-ordinating role to ensure the project is delivered as outlined.
We want to make an application but we do not have a set of accounts, or a track record.

The Bupa UK Foundation understands that new and emerging organisations may not have the documentation and record of established organisations. If this is the case and your project progresses to Stage 2, we will advise you on what further information will be required to support relevant and appropriate due diligence.
Can I email or post you my application?

No. The Bupa UK Foundation's application form can only be completed via our website. Please note that we strongly advise applicants to download the Word (DOCX) template of the online application and to complete this in draft form before submitting an application online, as you will not be able to save or amend an application during the application process or once submitted.
If successful, how will I have to report on my grant?

If your application is successful you will be asked to complete a short monitoring form twice a year, as detailed in your grant agreement. At the end of the project you will be asked to submit a more detailed report, providing information under specific headings. Details of what we expect in terms of monitoring and evaluation of grants can be found here.
How is the Bupa UK Foundation managed and governed?

The Bupa UK Foundation is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (Company Registration Number 9524970) and registered with the Charity Commission (charity number 1162759). The Bupa UK Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of five Bupa UK directors and two to three external trustees.
Are there any areas of work you do not currently fund?

We understand that many organisations and individuals are looking for funding to deliver a wide range of valuable and worthwhile work; however there are some areas of work which the Bupa UK Foundation does not currently fund. These include:
  • 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
  • long-term projects and initiatives – we expect the vast majority of projects funded to be delivered within 12 to 18 months
  • work being delivered by local authorities and housing associations
  • work which might reasonably be eligible for funding from statutory bodies
  • general awareness and information campaigns
  • 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
How many applications can I submit?

Only one application will be considered per organisation.
Our organisation is affiliated to a national network. Can we apply?

Yes. However, if your organisation is part of or affiliated to a national organisation, body or network, we also encourage you to contact your national office or HQ to find out whether there are plans to submit an application ‎on behalf of the national network before you make a start on an application for funding.
My project does not fit the theme of the current funding programme. When can I apply for funding?

We know that applying for funding can be time consuming, so please ensure that your project meets the criteria of a specific funding programme before investing time and energy in applying for funding.

We intend to announce new funding programmes every six to twelve months. If your work does not fit the theme of our current funding programme and you would like to be kept informed, please send your contact details to us at bupaukfoundation@bupa.com and we will let you know when future funding programmes are announced.
How do I apply for funding? And where can I find an application form?

The Bupa UK Foundation offers funding through clearly defined funding programmes, each focused on a different theme. When a funding programme is announced, details will be published on our website inviting potential applicants to carefully read our funding guidance and eligibility criteria. If your project fits the funding focus and you are eligible to apply for funding, you are welcome to complete our online Stage 1 Application Form, which will be clearly signposted on our website. Please note, all Stage 1 Applications must be submitted online through the Bupa UK Foundation website in the format requested. Submissions are not accepted by email or post.
What is the application process?

If your project fits the criteria for a specfiic funding programme and you are eligible to apply for funding, you are welcome to submit an online Stage 1 Application, providing summary information about your proposed project.

The Bupa UK Foundation will review the information you provide within your Stage 1 Application and a small number of applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed Stage 2 Application. If you are successful at Stage 2, your application will be considered by the Bupa UK Foundation's Board of Trustees who make all final funding decisions.

If the Board indicates they would like to fund your project, the Bupa UK Foundation team will contact you to undertake a final due dilligence and compliance check before any grant is formally confirmed.
Are there deadlines for applications?

Once a funding programme is announced, you will have a specific period of time (normally between 4 to 6 weeks) to submit your application. Any deadlines will be clearly flagged on our website. Please note that applications will not be accepted after the closing date. Our Trustees meet three to four times a year to consider grant applications and award funding.
How will I know how my application is processing?

Once you submit your application online, you will receive an acknowledgment that we have received your application. We will aim to let you know whether your application has been progressed to Stage 2 within 6-8 weeks of you submitting your application.
I still have a question. Can I speak to someone before I submit an application?

The Bupa UK Foundation is staffed by a small team with limited resources so we are unable to offer general guidance or advice about specific projects, or answer questions where the information is readily available on our website.

It is your responsibility to determine whether your organisation is eligible for our funding by reading the guidelines on our website, along with our eligibility criteria and details of any specific criteria outlined for a current funding programme. We are unable to help you decide whether to apply or give an indication of whether or not your application will be successful.

If you have a question that is not answered on our website you can email us on bupaukfoundation@bupa.com and we will do our best to get back to you.
Will I receive feedback if my application is declined?

If your application is not progressed we will provide a general explanation as to why, but as a small team with limited resources, we will not be able to offer detailed feedback or
enter into further correspondence.
If my application is unsuccessful, can I still apply again?

If you are not successful in securing funding, you are welcome to apply for funding, as long as your project clearly fits the focus of the funding programme.
The Bupa UK Foundation is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales.
Company registration number: 9524970. Registered office: Bupa House, 15-19 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2BA.
Registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales. Charity number 1162759.