Rank Foundation Grant Programme 2018

Closing date: Dec 6, 2018

The Rank Foundation grant programme is to support projects that have a direct impact to patients in adult member hospices.

In 2018 the theme is Enhancing Wellbeing.

Eligible organisations

Eligible organisation are adult hospices that are full members of Hospice UK and are based in the UK, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.

Eligible projects

The Rank Foundation likes to support projects where they are the major or sole funder. They are not looking to contribute generally to work that forms part of a much larger project.

Grants are available for projects that improve the physical space to encourage and enable hospices to improve the environment in which they deliver care.  The programme is primarily to support capital costs but revenue costs that help deliver the capital activity can be included in the project costs – however revenue costs must not be the primary expense.  

It is important that the project should demonstrate a direct benefit to patients and their families.

Types of project could include:

  1. Converting underused space or renovate existing space into:
  • family kitchenette/counselling room
  • private areas/quiet areas for relatives including gardens
  • the creation of bereavement suite
  • improvements to mortuary viewing areas
  • enlarging bedrooms to allow extended families to visit
  • using art to ‘bring the outside in’ to public areas

2. Increasing the therapeutic value of outside areas. Such as:

  • Create kitchen gardens/raised beds/sensory garden
  • Seating and outside furniture
  • Paths and walkways – facilitating patient access to the outdoors (e.g. wheelchair)
  • Bedroom door improvements to allow beds to be taken outside
  • Social and Therapeutic Horticulture projects (STH) - using plants and miniature hand made gardens to improve physical and mental health.

Please note the above examples are for guidance only and we encourage applicants to be innovative in their approach.


What is not eligible?

Examples of projects that are not eligible could include:

  • refurbishment of staff rooms or other non-patient facilities;
  • staff training or any other revenue activity;
  • information technology, including IPads/tablets/PCs which do not directly benefit patients;
  • medical equipment;
  • routine maintenance that has no noticeable effect on the care environment;
  • requests for isolated pieces of equipment;
  • applications for work that forms part of a much larger project;
  • applications where revenue (salary cost) is the primary expense;
  • work that has started before January 2019

How to apply

For more details on this programme, please read:

The deadline for applications and submitting any supporting information is Thursday, 6 December 2018.


Since 2002 the Rank Foundation has provided £100,000 each year to support special capital projects in adult independent voluntary hospices. Due to limited availability of funding for this programme, the Rank Foundation will not consider any direct applications from hospices or hospice-led projects based in the UK. 

Contact us

Please contact our grants team for any further information or help.

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