St James's Place Charitable Foundation – Supporting Family Carers

Closing date: Jun 25, 2018

Information and criteria

What is the programme?

The aim of the grant programme is to inspire and fund projects that will make a tangible difference to people who provide unpaid care for terminally ill friends or family.(i.e. informal carers or care givers)

Every year, informal and family carers make a significant difference by providing a wide range of unpaid care and support to people in the last year of their lives.

Care givers need both help to enable them to support the patient as well as support to look after their own wellbeing.  There is strong evidence that caregiving towards the end of life entails considerable emotional, social, financial and physical cost for family caregivers. 

Evidence suggests that a good level of support can improve long term psychological outcomes and may reduce incidence of illness for family caregivers. 


Grants of up to £40,000 are available to support projects running over a period of 18 months. This allows for up to 3 months setup phase and 12 months project delivery – with a further 3 months to cover any unforeseen delays mid project. 

The grants will enable hospices to initiate or build on a hospice enabled approach to supporting carers. This can be through a number of ways:

  • Putting into practice the recommendations or findings from an organisational or local scoping exercise
  • Piloting a new project based on a robust needs assessment
  • Introduction of an intervention or tool
  • Adapting existing activities where, through the investment of additional resources, greater impact can be achieved through adoption of new roles and approaches.
  • Responding to national policy or research evidence.

Available funding

Total available funding in this grant round is £500,000. We expect to award between twelve and fifteen grants in this round.


The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Monday, 25 June 2018. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been successful by mid August 2018.

Eligibility criteria

Eligible organisations are based in the UK. They are full member:

  • Adult hospices
  • Children’s hospices.

Please note, due to funder restrictions this programme is not open to Marie Curie or Sue Ryder hospices.

The proposed work

Examples of potential projects could include; the funding of a post, service model, intervention or education programme.  To underpin the programme aims, we are looking to support carer projects which, the evidence reports, are less visible such as:

  • Children and Young People as carers (siblings, family members or friendship groups) – age up to 25 years old
  • Friends and non family members as carers
  • Reluctant carers e.g. through previous experience or current circumstances
  • Men as carers
  • Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transsexual, transgender and non binary carers.

Partnership working

We encourage new projects to be developed and implemented in partnership with others, e.g. internal colleagues/departments, hospitals, community groups, local councils or other organisations, in order that they complement existing provision and are truly integrated in systemic plans to reach more people.

Where a project is a collaboration between a hospice and another provider (e.g. NHS or social care) the lead applicant must be a full member of Hospice UK.

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)

We actively encourage projects to include evidence of involvement and consultation with current and future service users at all stages of the project design, delivery and evaluation.

The Eligible costs

For the purpose of this grant programme, we consider a ‘project’ to be a discrete range of activities with a clear purpose, designed to bring about change. These activities would normally incur costs over a variety of items, which could include:

  • Staff salary. Funding can cover full-time or part-time staffing, or a combination of both
  • Equipment
  • Travel
  • Staff training.

It is expected that the majority of the grant would go towards implementation costs of the service. However, a range of different items should be budgeted for and all must be directly relevant to the project.

What is not eligible?

Non-eligible pieces of work include:

  • activities such as undertaking a needs analysis or mapping exercise
  • a continuation of an existing service – unless this application is to build on or adapt the service
  • work that has already started before 1 August 2018 – although if you ran a clearly identified pilot phase before this date, you are not precluded from making an application to develop it further
  • isolated pieces of equipment not related to the proposed work
  • direct salary costs for tasks not related to the project – the aim is to release the applicant from some of their duties to undertake the proposed work.
  • due to funder restrictions this programme is not open to Marie Curie or Sue Ryder hospices

How to Apply 

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For more details on this programme, please read:

Only one application per grant round will be considered from each hospice.


An outline timetable for the programme is given below. 

  • April - Open programme
  • 25 June - Deadline for submission of applications 17:00
  • Early August - Major Grants Committee meet to allocate funding
  • Mid August - all applicants to be notified of decisions
  • November (date TBC) - First Project Lead Day 


Grant holders are required to acknowledge St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation and Hospice UK in any information that is circulated about the project. This includes conference presentations and articles that arise from the work.

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