Innovation and
Improvement in
in Health & Care

The Trust has a long track record of supporting capital investment to improve services or facilities for people living with serious long-term or life-limiting conditions. Following a strategic review, the Innovation and Improvement in Health and Care Fund was launched in 2022 to support the development of new models of care and the integration of health and care services.

Applications may address care for any area of physical or mental health, physical or learning disability, or end-of-life care, but must demonstrate that the investment will translate into improved outcomes for people using the service, enhance access to services or improve their resilience. The Trust will look to support projects that are either scalable or replicable by other organisations and, therefore, have the potential to deliver benefits beyond a single setting.

It is anticipated that awards will typically be in the range of £150K-£500K. Full details of the programme are given in the guidance notes.


The programme is open to registered and exempt charities in the UK and to NHS organisations. Applications will also be accepted from UK universities which work in partnership with charities or the NHS to support innovation and improvements in health and care.

Projects may involve a number of partners, but the lead organisation should be an established centre of excellence or have the potential to become a leader in its field.

Eligible organisations can only make one application to either the Research Infrastructure Fund or Innovation & Improvement in Care Fund per calendar year.

Applications will need to demonstrate:

a) the organisation’s track record in developing new models of health and care and/or providing high-quality care for its beneficiaries

b) how the application relates to the organisation’s wider strategy

c) the organisation’s commitment both to sustain and disseminate the work funded by the Trust.

Information about the Trust’s recent capital funding to support improvements in health and care can be found in the Previous Awards section of our website. While some of these awards were made under an earlier programme, they illustrate the type and scale of projects that the Trust may wish to support.

The Trust strongly encourages all potential applicants to contact the team before applying to ensure your charity or project meets its criteria. You can arrange a short, initial conversation with the team when we reopen the fund.


Organisations must have a call with the Trust’s staff before applying to the fund. Trust staff will use the EOI meetings to make an initial assessment of a project’s alignment with the funding criteria and the evidence underpinning the proposal. Where projects are assessed to be potentially fundable, Trust staff will share a link with the organisation to submit a preliminary proposal.

Appointments to speak with the Trust are now closed.


Expressions of interest calls closed Friday 16 February 2024. The fund will reopen later this year for the 2025 round. Please check back for updates.

Organisations that are invited to apply following a call with the Trust can submit a preliminary proposal with a deadline of Thursday, 29th February 2024. The Trustees will consider preliminary proposals at their summer meeting, which is usually held in May. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to make a full application by Friday, 30th August 2024.

Full applications will be considered by the Trustees at their autumn meeting, which is usually held in October or November.

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.