The NHS Charities Together Small Grants Scheme is now open for applications. Those member charities that have sent through their banking set up details are able to apply for funding of up to £5000 when they complete a short application via our website. The upper limit of grant funding is being reviewed considering the popularity of the COVID-19 Urgent appeal.
I would like to encourage any member charities who have not yet sent through the requested bank details, to do so as a matter of urgency. And to the wider public, please support our National COVID-19 Urgent Appeal so that we can continue to make a positive difference to the lives of those working on the frontline of the NHS at this time of national crisis.
As Francis of Assisi once said, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible”.
There is no restriction on the number of applications a member charity can submit – although we would not normally expect more than one per week, per member. The Grant scheme allows members the flexibility to apply for a larger grant (over £5k) should the need arise. The initial upper grant limit was established to enable member charities to be able to spend the funds quickly and easily within their Trust or Health Board on supporting NHS staff and volunteers delivering care to COVID-19 patients.
Typically, funds should be spent on:
- Funding well-being packs/gifts for staff and volunteers on wards/departments (this could include food deliveries, snacks, refreshments, wash kits, overnight stay kits, furniture for rest rooms, etc.)
- Cost of travel, parking, accommodation for NHS staff and volunteers
- Volunteer expenses
- Other items as requested by members that enhance the well-being of NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients
- This list is not exhaustive
Stage 2 and 3 of the Grants scheme will include;
Post pandemic grants to NHS charity members: We are ring fencing an amount of the funds to be spent after the crisis is over on supporting the mental health and recovery of NHS staff and volunteers. This will be in the form of grants that provide respite, rehabilitation and mental health recovery of NHS staff and their families.
Consideration of larger projects in consultation with the DHSC and NHS England regarding the support of NHS staff and volunteer caring for COVID-19 in newly set up field hospitals.
If you would like any more information about the NHS Charities Together National COVID-19 URGENT APPEAL or our granting process please do not hesitate to contact either Ellie Orton, Chief Executive, or Seb Hargreaves, Membership Support & Development Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com