Healthy Futures: Empowering young adults

Our Healthy Futures funding programme focuses on young adults aged 18 to 25. We are specifically interested 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.

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.




Through this funding programme we are looking to fund practical projects designed to engage and support people directly. If you decide to apply, please ensure that your project clearly fits the following criteria:

  • Supports young people aged 18 to 25 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.

CLOSING DATE: The closing date for applications is Friday 19 May 2017.



Applications must be submitted online through the Bupa UK Foundation's online grant management system. Details on how to apply can be found below:

Important guidance for applicants

The Bupa UK Foundation funds projects and initiatives that make a direct impact on people's health and wellbeing in the UK. In deciding which projects to fund we focus particularly on the difference a project is likely to make to people's health and wellbeing and how this will be evidenced, using simple and realistic measures. We also consider who will benefit from the work being proposed and how they will be engaged.

Within this funding programme we expect to award around 12 to 15 grants and aim to support a wide range of initiatives delivered by different organisations across the UK. Please note that the majority of grants awarded by the Bupa UK Foundation are for £20,000 or under. A small number of grants have been awarded within the £20,000 to £50,000 range, and occasionally grants of over £50,000 are awarded.

Your application should relate to a specific project, not 'business as usual' or core costs. Successful grant recipients will receive an additional 15% on top of grant funding awarded as a contribution towards core costs.

Only one application will be considered per organisation. If your organisation is a local or regional charity affiliated to a wider network, you are strongly advised to speak to your national office to ask if there any plans to submit a similar application, before you make a start on your application.
The Bupa UK Foundation will review the information you provide within your Stage 1 Application and a small number of applicants will then 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. We aim to advise all applicants whether they have been successful in progressing to Stage 2 by 23 June 2017.
Projects not eligible for funding from the Bupa UK Foundation

A number of areas of work are not eligible for funding from the Bupa UK Foundation, including:
  • 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 the UK
  • long-term projects and initiatives – we expect the vast majority of projects funded by the Bupa UK Foundation to be delivered within 12 to 18 months
  • projects delivered by local authorities or housing associations
  • work which might reasonably be eligible for funding from statutory bodies
  • projects delivered by entities that are not formally or legally constituted, such as social clubs
  • general awareness or information campaigns
  • respite breaks or cover for respite breaks, day trips and holidays
  • 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