FAQs

Questions from Donors

How much do you raise each year?
The Foundation’s income is around £5 million each year, just under half of which is received in donations, legacies and grants 
How do I donate directly to the staff?
NHS employees are not permitted to accept cash gifts. However, donations made to most ward funds can be spent on, among other things, staff development and welfare. See the searchable Funds Directory on this website for more details. 
How do I know that the money I donate will be used as intended?
An interesting feature of the Foundation is our many Specific Funds. These are separate funds which enable supporters to donate specifically to the ward, department, hospital, or research area of their choice. See the searchable Funds Directory for more details. 
Can I set up a Direct Debit or Standing Order to make a regular donation to a specific fund?
We aren’t currently able to set up Direct Debits, but you can donate regularly via a Standing Order. Please email our office for details. 
Do you have a printable Gift Aid form?
A quick and easy way to give via Gift Aid is to donate online. If you would rather donate by post please complete a Gift Aid form and return it to our office. 
Do you have printable sponsorship forms?
The best way to raise funds from a sponsored event is to create a page on BT MyDonate. You then email a link to your page to all your friends and family, and sponsorship (including Gift Aid) is collected online. Contact our office by email if you would prefer a printable sponsorship form. 

Questions from Fund Stewards

Can I use Specific Funds to give staff a Christmas party?
It is possible to contribute towards a staff Christmas party from some Specific Funds.  However, there are certain conditions for the contribution. Please access the steward’s area of the website to read the Operating Instructions for details.
Why does some expenditure from Specific Funds require approval by a committee?
The Trustees are ultimately responsible for the management of all charitable funds, and the remit of the Funds Advisory Committee includes the oversight of the Specific Funds. This includes income, expenditure requests over a £5k threshold, spending plans for legacies and changes to the funds.

Questions from Grant Seekers

What do you fund?
Information about what we fund, and full guidelines for potential applicants are available on the Grants section of this website. The searchable Grants Directory on this website lists all our previously funded projects. 
Are their deadlines for applications?
Deadlines for all the Grant Programmes are available on the Grants section of this website. 
What are the key areas of the application form to focus on?
Details of our assessment process and scoring mechanism are available on the Grants section of this website.
Who do I contact for more information or if I wish to discuss my proposal?
For further detailed information on our grants programme, please contact our Grants Manager
Can I submit my application by post?
All applications, including supplementary information must be made via the online grants portal, on the Grants section of this website. We do not accept any applications by post. 
When do I find out if I have been awarded a grant?
The assessment process varies for each Grant programme, but we always try to inform applicants as soon as possible. The Grants Advisory Committee meet to decide which applications to recommend for funding, taking into account % assessment scores and comments from the assessment teams, whilst the Trustees use the list of applications recommended for funding to make their funding decisions. Please refer to the Grants section of the website for details. 
My grant request has been turned down. How do I receive feedback on my application?
For all those not recommended for funding, the letter we send you will include scores out of 5 for each of the assessment criteria as well as any comments from the assessors or Grants Advisory Committee. This feedback is intended to help unsuccessful applicants with future funding applications. Please contact our Grants Manager.
Where can I find examples of projects that have received funding?
Our searchable grants database includes all grants made by the Foundation.