Rank Foundation Grant Programme 2020 – closing 23rd March 2020


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

In 2020 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.

Financial situation

The programme is open to hospices that have free reserves of 6 months or less, based on the most recent audited accounts.   

For the purpose of this grant programme:

  • free reserves are defined as all reserves with the exception of endowed or restricted funds and any reserves represented by tangible fixed assets
  • running costs are defined as total expenditure as per the most recent audited accounts.
  • where the hospice operates one or more trading subsidiaries, the figures are to be based on the consolidated levels of reserves and expenditure for the group.

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 environment within which hospices 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:
  • Wellbeing facility within hospice environments or sited at a hospice high street charity shop
  • Family kitchenette/counselling room
  • Private areas/quiet areas for relatives including gardens
  • The creation of bereavement suite
  • Enlarging bedrooms to allow extended families to visit
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 March 2020



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