Our approach to funding

Our most recent call for applications closed on 31 May 2019.  If you would like to register for updates, including details about future funding programmes, please send use your contact details here.  You can also find details of projects that have been awarded funding here.  Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found on this page and our approach to grant-making is outlined below.

The type of work we currently fund

The Bupa UK Foundation funds practical projects to tackle specific challenges in health and social care and make a direct impact on people's health and wellbeing. Our funding programmes are developed around clearly defined themes, with specific priorities and criteria outlined for each theme when a programme is announced. Before you begin preparing an application, we strongly suggest you read the funding priorities and criteria for specific funding programmes carefully to make sure that the work you are seeking funding for fits the priorities and criteria outlined.

Once a specific funding programme is announced you can apply at any time before the stated closing date. We review applications based on the date they are submitted, so the earlier you submit an application, the sooner it will be assessed. Please note, applications will not be accepted after the closing date.

The type of work we currently do not fund

We know that many organisations and individuals are looking for funding to deliver a wide range of valuable and worthwhile work, however there are a number of areas which are not eligible for funding from the Bupa UK Foundation. 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 or criteria for 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
  • work being delivered by local authorities or 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

The application process

Stage 1: Expression of Interest

If you think your project is eligible for funding and meets the stated priorities and criteria of a current funding programme, you are welcome to submit a Stage 1 Application. This must be submitted online through the Bupa UK Foundation's grant management system in the format requested before the stated closing date. We aim to review all Stage 1 Applications and respond to you within 6 weeks of the closing date. If your application is not progressed we will clearly explain why, but we do not provide detailed feedback on specific applications.

Stage 2: Detailed Application

If your project is to be considered for funding we will invite you to make a more detailed application, for which we will require more information on your plans, the people who will be delivering the project and your organisation.

The assessment process

We consider all applications against the following criteria

  • Clear objectives: are the project objectives clear? are the project objectives SMART?
  • Reach: how many people are likely to be reached? which individuals or groups are likely to benefit?
  • Impact: in what ways is this work likely to benefit people's health and wellbeing? how will the success of the project and the difference it has made be evidenced?
  • Legacy and learning: are there any future benefits that this project might deliver? what might be learnt from this project (for example, piloting new models of service delivery, developing new technology etc) and how could this benefit others?
  • Value for money: does this project represent value for money? are there any hidden costs or overheads? have financial projections been prepared and are these realistic? does this project represent efficient use of available funding?

    We also consider whether the project or initiative is:

    • supported by a realistic operational plan,
    • likely to deliver measurable results in the short to medium term (ie. within 12 to 18 months),
    • clearly and closely aligned with our vision of helping people live longer, happier, healthier lives.

    Funding decisions

    • Decisions on which projects to fund are made by the Bupa UK Foundation Board of Trustees.
    • Details of grants awarded are posted on the Bupa UK Foundation website as these become available.

    The Bupa UK Foundation is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales.
    Company registration number: 9524970. Registered office: Bupa, 1 Angel Court, London EC2R 7HJ.
    Registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales. Charity number 1162759.