COVID-19 Statement

In line with Government advice on Covid-19, Trust staff are currently working flexibly. Please email us where possible rather than contacting us by phone, and we will respond as promptly as we can.

Where at all possible, please scan and email documents to us rather than sending material by post, as this will help us to deal with correspondence more effectively.

In these difficult times, our team’s working practices and hours may change, and response times may be slightly longer than normal so do please be patient. However, we remain committed to providing a high level of service and will get back to you.

We realise that many of the charities and other organisations supported by the Trust are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of Covid-19. If you are an existing grant-holder and are concerned that your project may need to change, or you are having difficulties meeting our normal reporting requirements, do please contact the team.

Like many other grant makers and charities, we are reviewing our grant programmes and processes in order to respond to the pandemic. We will communicate any updates via our website.

Our Ann Rylands Small Donations programme is now reopen, due to the recent unprecedented demand it may be necessary to pause the online application system at some points to enable us to assess and respond to existing applications as efficiently as possible. If this is necessary, we will re-open the system as quickly as possible

If you are a hospice, our annual Hospice Fund was accelerated in recognition of the additional pressures many hospices are experiencing.  The window for applications was open from Monday 27 April to Sunday 10 May and is now closed.  More details can be found here.

If you are ineligible for these programmes, please consult where you may be able to find support for your charity through other funders.


“We are now in a phase 3 trial and would never have achieved that milestone without the funding from The Sir Jules Thorn Award, which was also important in supporting the successful career development of the young clinicians and scientists who worked for us”.

- Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, FRS FRSB, FMedSci, President & Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Physiology, The University of Manchester, 2002 Sir Jules Thorn Award winner