National Garden Scheme Bursaries

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The aim of the National Garden Scheme bursaries is to improve the quality of care given to the patients in need of hospice and palliative care, and to their families and carers.  Bursaries are focused on courses and conferences that will have a direct benefit to patient care.

Who is eligible for an National Garden Scheme bursary?

Any hospice staff member, other than doctors can apply for funding.  Doctors are eligible to apply via the separate Wolfson Bursary programme.

Applications must be from individuals working in full member hospices.

To apply for a bursary, you must have written evidence that you have a place from the course/conference provider and the support of your organisation. 

How much funding is available?

Individuals can apply for a maximum of 50% of course fees, up to £1,500 in any one year. Conference bursaries will have an agreed level of funding, typically 50% of the conference fee or £75 per day, whichever is the lower.

What does the bursary cover?

The bursary must be used towards the costs of the course fees charged by the course/conference provider.

What is not eligible?

Applications for subsistence, travel or accommodation costs are not eligible.

What is the assessment process?

Bursaries will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  The number of bursary requests may exceed the funding available, therefore we cannot guarantee that your application will be successful.

What do we expect of you?

We are keen that the learning from this programme is shared with the wider hospice and palliative care sector.  You are expected to contribute in a range of ways, for example:

  • Presenting at a Hospice UK workshop or learning event
  • Writing articles/case studies on key insights or reflections of your learning for Hospice UK and the National Garden Scheme – including sharing papers on Hospice IQ

What are the payment conditions?

All bursaries will be paid by Hospice UK direct to your employing hospice, retrospectively. 

Bursaries must be claimed within twelve months of the award being made. 

General conditions

Applications must be received at Hospice UK at least one month before the start of the course/conference.

Courses must benefit direct patient care and the fees must be over £200.

Conferences bursaries will only be open to those who have a poster or oral presentation accepted. 

Examples of eligible courses

The following table gives examples of the type of courses/conferences which you may be able to apply for, subject to funding being available:

  • Dementia Care
  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Social and Therapeutic Horticulture
  • Understanding Loss and Bereavement
  • Spiritual Care at the End of Life
  • Arts and Complementary Therapies
  • Breathlessness and Fatigue Management
  • European Association for Palliative Care Conference
  • Palliative Care Congress

To apply for a bursary

If you have a confirmed offer from a course/conference provider you can apply for a bursary. Please select the Apply Now button and select Start an Application

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In order to offer this bursary programme we are dependent on the generous funding received from the National Garden Scheme.

If you have any problems with the online form, or if you have any other queries about this grant programme, please contact our grants team.

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