GRANT PROGRAMME CHANGES
At their October 2012 meeting our Trustees reviewed the Trust's grant making policies to ensure that they continue to reflect the Trust's objectives and thereby advance public benefit. As a result of this review, from 1 January 2013 the Trust will offer three main grant programmes:
Medical Research – continuing the existing sub-categories of the Sir Jules Thorn Award for Biomedical Research (increased to a maximum £1.5 million over a period of up to five years from the 2012 Award) and the Sir Jules Thorn PhD Scholarship Programme.
Medically Related Grants – capital grants for infrastructure and equipment to hospitals, universities and charities supporting people with seriously disabling and complex clinical conditions.
The Ann Rylands Small Donations Programme – continuation of the existing Small Grants programme with a new title to reflect our previous chairman's passion for humanitarian issues and desire to help smaller charities with a turnover of less than £10-15 million.
The existing "Ann Rylands Special Project" and "Other Humanitarian Grants" will be discontinued because their aims are catered for adequately within the above grant programmes.