We oversee charitable expenditure of about £6m each year. We award between 40-60 grants each year under four themed areas: patient experience, staff, experience, research and development, and clinical services.

Grants information

To apply for a grant your proposal must be for the benefit of patients or staff at the RFL NHS Foundation Trust, and must fit under one of the four themes:

1. Patient Experience
2. Staff Experience
3. Research & Development
4. Clinical Services/medical equipment

If in doubt we can send you a one page ‘grant expression of interest’ form which will be used to quickly assess and feedback if your project meets eligibility criteria before completing a full application form.

Grants cannot be awarded to support:

• Any item or project that should be funded by the NHS of from a departmental budget
• An item or project that has already been purchased or completed (no retrospective funding)
• Payments to individuals
• Staff hospitality: meetings, travel, or entertainment expenses
• Any item or project that could be funded by an existing Special Purpose Fund
• We are not able to support individual L&D requests


Small grants up to £2,000

Our small grants programme is open for applications up to the value of £2,000. There is no deadline for applications, they can be submitted at any time and are usually assessed within 3-4 weeks.

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Apply for grants between £2,001 to £20,000

We have moved to quarterly grant rounds. Please note if your grant request is over £10,000 you may be required to submit a business case to support the application form.

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Apply for grants over £20,000

If your application is over £20,000 this will need to be discussed in the first instance with the grants team and will usually require the support of senior leadership.

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PhD grant programme

Unfortunately at this time, we are not running a PhD programme in 2021. We do anticipate being able to run the programme in future, please check back in 2022.