Mind and body

Our list of funders covering physical and mental health, disability and support for older people

As with any charitable project, it’s worth considering the funders that will fund a wide variety of projects.

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Funds Covering Multiple Health-related Issues

Cambridgeshire County Council: Innovate and Cultivate

Grants of £2,000 to £15,000 are available for a range of Cambridgeshire-based projects, with health being a recurring theme among the priorities. The three themes under the Adults and older people heading are:

  • Maintaining and maximising independence
  • Connecting to the local community and staying well
  • People having greater choice and control over how their care needs are met

Projects must be either new, or build on an existing project in a new location or with new beneficiaries. They must also show that they will reduce pressure on council services and/or offer direct savings for the council.

The Evelyn Trust

This Trust offers grants for Cambridgeshire-based projects that promote health and well-being. The Small Grants Programme ranges from £4,000 to £10,000, while its Health and Wellbeing Grants from £10,000 to £250,000. Suitable projects include:

  • Supporting young people within families with mental health, alcohol, violence or substance abuse issues.
  • Assisting working-age adults with long-term conditions and healthcare communities that support these issues.
  • Enabling older people to receive help and support in the community rather than needing to go into hospital or long-term care.
  • Capital projects including new buildings extensions, renovations and equipment.
  • Support to maintain the delivery of a service where funding or delivery has been impacted by COVID-19.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

Mental Health and Learning disabilities are two of the 11 themes identified by this fund, which offers grants of up to £50,000 over two years to registered charities with an annual income between £25,000 and £1m. The funding can cover core organisational costs.

YAPP Charitable Trust

Grants up to £3,000 per year (for up to 3 years) for registered charities with an annual turnover under £40,000, to deliver projects working with elderly people, people with disabilities or mental health problems or various other criteria. Funds can be used to help sustain existing work.

Barchester’s Charitable Foundation

Grants from £100 to £5,000 for individuals, small community groups and small local charities supporting people (18+) with a physical disability or mental health problems. The priority is on helping older people (aged 65+) to improve mobility, independence and quality of life.

Percy Bilton Charity

Grants up to £5,000 for UK registered charities whose primary objectives are to assist people with disabilities (physical or learning) or mental health problems, older people (60+) and/or disadvantaged young people (under 25 years). Preference is given to funding specific items of furniture and equipment (excluding office items) which the Charity can fund in their entirety.

The February Foundation

Grants for UK registered charities for a range of projects including relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage. Funding can be for project, capital or core costs. The median award is £5,000 and grant decisions made on a monthly basis.

Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust

This trust’s Ann Rylands Small Donations Programme offers grants of up to £2,500 to charities that support Older people, people with disabilities or living with serious illness, or people facing challenges with mental health, social exclusion, homelessness or other difficulties in their lives.. Funding can cover core or project costs.

Hargreaves Foundation

Grants for registered charities, schools and NHS Trusts that support children (under 18) living with a mental health condition, disability or growing up in poverty, through the mediums of sport and education.

Mental Health

CPSL Mind Good Life Fund

Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind) is offering £500 grants to help set up groups that connect people and promote wellbeing. Suggestions include book clubs, craft classes and activities that encourage people to learn new skills. The simple application process asks for at least four people who are willing to volunteer their time but does not require groups to be constituted.

Mental Health Sustainability Fund

This grant scheme from the Association of Mental Health Providers offers small grants of up to £5,000 to small, non-profit organisations (annual income £25,000 to £250,000) to help them support people suffering from mental health issues. The funding is intended to help organisations adapt and survive the pandemic; it cannot cover core costs.

The Gamesys Foundation

Grants for organisations with a minimum annual income of £50,000 who support individuals suffering from mental health issues and who focus on research in the mental health field.

Older People

Charles Hayward Foundation

Older People is one the themes for this Foundation, which offers grants up to £7,000. Applicants must have an annual income less than £350,000. Eligible projects include:

  • Programmes aiming to alleviate isolation and depression in older people, including informal day care or social, physical and recreational activities
  • Programmes which mainly use volunteers to give practical help, assistance and support for older people living in their own homes
  • Programmes addressing the emotional and practical needs of older carers
  • Programmes designed to meet the specific needs of people with dementia

W.G. Edwards Charitable Foundation

Grants (typically between £1,000 and £3,000) for registered charities providing care for older people in the UK. Funding can cover capital projects, refurbishment and for equipment, in addition to innovative schemes for ongoing care and projects which help people live active and fulfilling lives.

Physical Disabilities, Learning Difficulties and Long-Term Illness

Disabled Facilities Grants

Government grants of up to £36,000 are available for adaptation works to disabled people’s homes. This might include widening doors, installing ramps, stairlifts, downstairs bathrooms, heating systems or heating and lighting controls. Grants won’t affect any benefits they receive.

True Colours Trust

Grants up to £10,000 for charitable organisations that are working to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and young people (aged 0-25) and their families in the UK. Funds can cover projects or equipment, including activities for disabled children and/or their siblings, respite for the whole family, adaptations, technology and specialised play equipment.

Variety Club – Equipment Grants

Grants (typically £5,000 for an organisation, £2,000 for an individual) for specialist equipment for the direct use of children (up to 18) who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.

June 2021 update: Applications are not currently being accepted from organisations seeking equipment or wheelchair grants.

Family Fund Trust

Grants to help families, or groups applying on their behalf, who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 years or younger. Grants items often include washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing, and computers.

Happy Days

Funding for day trips, family respite breaks and group activity holidays for families with children aged 3-17 who are disabled, have a special need or have been abused.

Birkdale Trust for Hearing Impaired

This charity offers grants to charities, community groups and educational establishments to support children and young people (up to mid-20s) who have a hearing impairment. The grants can cover specialist hearing equipment, courses and therapies, professional assessments and general financial support for charities. Most grants are between £300 and £2,500.

Ulverscroft Foundation

Grants of £100 to £100,000 for organisations which help visually impaired people. Eligible costs include project delivery (including staff costs for time-limited projects), equipment and materials, and academic research. Applications are considered quarterly.

The Boshier-Hinton Foundation

Grants up to £2,000 are available to charitable organisations to improve quality of life for people with disabilities, learning difficulties or sensory impairment and their families.

Lionel Wigram Memorial Trust

Grants from £400 to £3,000 for charities that are providing services for blind, deaf and disabled people. Grants can cover core funding, as well as “new ideas such as music in hospitals, or Wheelyboats enabling people in wheelchairs to go fishing.”

CLA Charitable Trust

Grants for charities and community organisations that help those who are disabled or disadvantaged benefit from access to the countryside, and to take part in educational activities that they would not have otherwise been able to enjoy. Funding can be for running costs, project works and capital works.

Edward Gostling Foundation

Grants to charities that support people of all ages living on low incomes who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness.

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

Small Grants from £250 up to £10,000 and General Grants over £10,000 to help those affected by learning disability and those conducting research into it. Funding can cover project, capital and core costs.

James Tudor Foundation

Key themes for this Foundation include palliative care, health education and the relief of sickness. The Foundation usually supports project costs; contact the Foundation before applying for funding for equipment.

The Caron Keating Foundation

Grants up to £25,000 for registered charities that support professional carers, complementary healing practitioners and support groups dealing with cancer patients, as well as individuals and families (through these charities) who are affected by the disease


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