Bupa UK Foundation


Status:Open to applications
Application Deadline: 05 October 2018


Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for practical projects that tackle critical challenges in health and social care, make a direct impact on people's health and wellbeing and address the Foundation's theme for that year.


Fund Value:£ 20,000

Value Notes

The maximum grant available is £20,000.

Projects awarded funding from the Bupa UK Foundation automatically receive an uplift of 15% of the level of funding awarded as a contribution to core costs.

Extended Description

Established in 2015, the Bupa UK Foundation's mission is to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. With £1 million in funding each year from Bupa UK, the Foundation will award grants for practical projects and initiatives which aim to tackle critical issues in health and social care and improve health and wellbeing in the UK.

The Foundation's funding programmes are developed around clearly defined themes and reflect important factors that underpin health and wellbeing. These include mental health, ageing well, managing long-term conditions, behaviour change and healthy living.

Each round will focus on a different theme:

  • The theme of the first funding programme (2015) was Mid-Life Mental Health.
  • The theme of the second funding programme (2016) was 'Caring for Carers' - an initiative designed to help unpaid adult carers support, manage and improve their own health on a day to day basis.
  • The theme of the 2017 funding programme was Healthy Futures which focuses on young adults aged 18 to 25 with specific interest in projects that will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of young adults who face ongoing health challenges, supporting and empowering them to live life to the full.
  • The theme of the 2018 funding programme is Caring for our Carers.

This theme was selected in recognition of the fact that ‘carers make a vital, hidden contribution to the health and wellbeing of the nation, yet they can often feel socially isolated, lacking support and a sense of community’ and ‘many carers report that caring has taken a toll on their own health’.

Latest Information

The Foundation's 2018 funding programme is open for applications which focus on supporting and improving the health and wellbeing of older carers. The deadline for applications is 5 October 2018.

Key Criteria

Not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises and community interest companies, based and operating in the UK can apply.

Partnership bids will be accepted as long as there is one clearly identified lead organisation that will take a central co-ordinating role to ensure the project is delivered as outlined.

Any application from a local or regional charity that is affiliated to a wider network, federation or organisation will only be accepted if the application has been submitted through the national office.

To be eligible, organisations must ensure their application fits the following criteria:

  • They can clearly evidence a track record of engaging, working with and supporting carers.
  • Their project focuses on carers, rather than on those they care for. If carers are able to look after their own health, those they care for benefit too.
  • The project will support older carers (those aged over 65) directly and specifically.
  • The project aims to support or improve health and wellbeing. Applications will need to outline the difference the project is likely to make to people's health and wellbeing and how the applicant intends to measure this.

Eligible Expenditure

In the 2018 funding programme, the Foundation is looking to support practical, community focused projects designed to help older carers to manage and improve their own health and wellbeing.

To be eligible, projects must:

  • Meet the current funding focus.
  • Be clearly for public benefit.
  • Take place within the UK.
  • Be delivered within 12 to 18 months.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals or causes that benefit just one person.
  • Work that does not fall within the scope of the Bupa UK Foundation's charitable purposes.
  • Work that is not clearly aligned with the stated funding priorities of a specific funding programme.
  • Projects delivered outside of the UK even if the applicant is UK based.
  • Long-term projects and initiatives. It is expected that most projects will be delivered within 12 to 18 months.
  • Projects delivered by local authorities, housing associations, or other work which might reasonably be eligible for funding from statutory bodies.
  • General awareness or information campaigns.
  • Respite breaks or cover for respite breaks, day trips and holidays.
  • Sponsorship of or attendance at meetings, events and conferences.
  • Fundraising appeals, including requests for contributions to capital or equipment costs.
  • Unrestricted funding for charities or other organisations.
  • Academic research, including funding for educational or research posts.
  • Multiple applications in each round. Only one application per organisation per funding round will be accepted.

Application Process      

Applications are reviewed on the date they are submitted and each project is assessed on its own merits. The earlier an application is submitted, the sooner it will be assessed.

There are three stages to the grant-making.

  • Stage 1 - the summary information provided in the project outline by the applicant is reviewed.
  • Stage 2 - applications that most clearly fit the application criteria are then invited to submit more detailed information.
  • Stage 3 - a small number of applications will be considered by the Bupa UK Foundation's Board of Trustees, who make all final funding decisions.

The Foundation aims to advise all applicants whether they have been successful in progressing to Stage 2 within 6 weeks of the closing date.

Address & Contacts :

For details on how to apply see their website
Contact details:
Bupa UK Foundation 
Bupa House 
15-19 Bloomsbury Way