Supporting the
work of Hospices
in the UK

The Trustees allocate resources specifically to support the work of hospices in the United Kingdom.

The Trust is accelerating its annual Hospice Fund programme, in recognition of the additional pressures many hospices are experiencing due to COVID-19 and the associated restrictions on normal activities.

For 2020, the Trust has simplified the application process and amended its normal eligibility criteria. The available funding will be used to provide one-off grants of up to £5,000 to support hospices’ core costs.

The Trust has shortened the normal window for hospices to make applications; reflecting both the simplified process and the desire to take decisions and allocate funding as quickly as possible to support hospices in a period when other income streams have been disrupted. For 2020, the trust will run two rounds of the Hospice Fund.


Applications will only be accepted from hospices that are charities registered in the UK, and are members of either Hospice UK or Together for Short Lives. Applications will not be accepted from faith-based charities, charities operating outside the UK or for multi-year funding.

The Trust is unable to consider a further appeal from hospices which received an award from the Hospice Fund in Round 1 2020 (announced in June 2020). In the current, exceptional circumstances, the Trust has nevertheless relaxed its normal criteria to allow other, previously funded hospices to apply. With the exception of those hospices notified of an award in June 2020, the Trust’s normal exclusion which prevents hospices from re-applying within 2 years of an award will be waived this year. Therefore, if you received an award in 2018 or 2019 or were not successful in Round 1 2020,  you are eligible to apply for Round 2 of the Hospice Fund.

In order to focus the available funding on areas of greatest need, the Trust will only make awards to hospices whose current level of free reserves is equivalent to 12 months or less of their operating costs.

Potential applicants should note that it is not possible for the Trust to make donations to:

  1. Organisations that are not registered charities. Regrettably the Trust cannot consider requests for financial help from community groups which are not registered charities or from or on behalf of individuals
  2. Organisations that are not members of Hospice UK or Together for Short Lives
  3. Overseas organisations, or to organisations based in the UK who use their funds for charitable purposes overseas
  4. Organisations raising money for medical or medically-related research
  5. Faith-based charities,
  6. Hospices which received an award from the Trust’s Hospice Fund in Round 1 2020


Applications must be submitted using the online application form

As part of the application process applicants will be asked to submit:

  • their most recent audited Trustees’ Report and Financial Statements & most recent Management Accounts
  • information about the charity’s current level of free reserves
  • a copy of a recent bank statement.
  • CQC (or equivalent) rating

Before applying applicants should ensure that they have read and understood the guidelines. Applicants will need to confirm that they accept the Trust’s Terms and Conditions of funding before submitting their application.


The window for applications opens on Monday 28th September and closes at midnight on Sunday 11th October. Applications will not be accepted after this date. Subject to the volume of applications, the Trusts aims to convey decisions and initiate payments to successful applicants at the beginning of December.

Applicants should contact the Trust, should they have any further questions on [email protected].

More information about grants awarded under this programme can be found on the Previous Awards page of our website.