From funding improvements in care to supporting professional development, our grant programmes have a lasting impact on the provision of hospice and palliative care in the UK.

We run grant programmes to support hospices and staff

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How our grants work

We receive funding for the grants we provide from other charitable trusts and foundations, so specific criteria apply each year. Each programme will have its own application form, criteria, guidelines and deadline.

The criteria for each programme are agreed by the Hospice UK Governance Committee and each respective funder, taking into account any restrictions the funders may include.

Who can apply?

Our member organisations and their staff can apply for grants to help them undertake specific capital projects, develop new or existing services for the people they care for and their families, and increase their expertise in the work they do.

Non-member organisations offering palliative care services are also eligible to apply for grants, depending on the criteria of the grant programme.

Apply for a grant

To apply for our grants, please see the list of open grants, read the descriptions and eligibility criteria and then click apply. You will then be redirected to our Hospice UK Grants Portal to complete your application.
You can also log-in to our Grants portal to monitor your existing applications and finish any that are incomplete. 

International grants

Hospice UK has a history of running an international grants programme, however the programme is now closed and we do not expect this to re-open. 

Case Studies 

Over the years, our grants programmes have enabled hundreds of pioneering projects in hospices across the UK, which have driven innovation in hospice care and helped more people to get the care they want and need at the end of their lives.

Read about some of the incredible projects Hospice UK has supported in partnership with the CSiS Charity Fund, the Rank Foundation, St. James’s Place Foundation, and the Wolfson Foundation.

Saint Michael’s Hospice – St. James’s Place Foundation

A group of some of the Volunteer Visitor TeamThrough our partnership with St. James’s Place Foundation, Saint Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate received a grant of £14,981 in 2012, towards setting up a new Volunteer Visitor service for patients in their own homes. The hospice trained a team of local volunteers and matched their patients with volunteers who shared their interests and hobbies.

Since then, the service has expanded, doubling the amount of volunteers available to support people across the Harrogate District.

The regular visits make a huge difference for people living at home with terminal illness and bereavement, helping them feel less isolated and more independent – and giving them something to look forward to. It’s also an immensely rewarding experience for the volunteers.

Beryl Hague, who is living with lung cancer and bone cancer, explains the difference having a Saint Michael’s volunteer visitor makes to her life:

"Sue and I can talk about anything and I can be really open about things. Having a volunteer visitor means I have someone outside my family to talk to about my situation – I’m able to offload.

“When I was referred to the volunteer visitor’s service I didn’t need medical intervention but I did need emotional support.  I lost my husband three years ago. Although I have two daughters and grandchildren who I see regularly, you do still sometimes feel lonely, or anxious, particularly if you’re not feeling well.

“Having Sue coming to see me this past year has been wonderful; I very much look forward to her visits. We walk the dog and garden or go out for coffee. Sue’s even been able to accompany me to hospital appointments for some moral support, which is great. I think it’s very reassuring for my family too.”


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