For Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust staff use only.


Welcome to the Alder Hey Charity Grants information page.

Here you will find all the information you need to apply for charitable funding from Alder Hey Children’s Charity. 

We are here to help our colleagues access funding to make Alder Hey a magical place.  From equipment to research projects, if you have an idea you would like to discuss with the team, please get in touch. (*Please note, our grant process is for internal use only*)

We review internal grant applications, issue funding decisions, and compile all the feedback reports from applicants. 

Our Charity’s guiding principles for funding are…

  • Our funding should bring magic to the lives of Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust patients, their families, or the amazing team of staff and volunteers who work with them. This means that we fund things that are above and beyond standard NHS funding.
  • A healthier future for children and young people means that the Charity needs to support Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust to be world-leading, with state-of-the-art technology helping to bring the medical innovations of the future.
  • Our funding needs to stretch as far as it can and touch the lives of as many Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust patients as possible. That means we fund the needs of wider patient groups and not individual patient treatments or expenses.


Our Charity Pillars


There is a special feeling when you walk into Alder Hey - the ‘magic’ that makes hospital life brighter for our brave young patients. From art and music projects to the latest distraction technology, well-being initiatives, toys, Ward Chefs and more - Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust strives to provide the best patient experience possible. Charity funding supports projects, technologies and experiences that go above and beyond what is available on our NHS.

Park Campus

The Trust has a long-term vision to create a world-leading healthcare campus that provides a welcoming and supportive place for children and families. Charity funding supports enhancements to new building projects and refurbishment of existing areas across the Alder Hey Park Campus.


Charity funding is for state-of-the-art, non-core equipment. The focus is on lifesaving equipment and advanced technologies that cannot be funded centrally, but help Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust’s clinicians to do the very best for our patients.

Research & Innovation

Funding requirements in these areas at Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust can be very large and can often be funded through external research grants and commercial connections. However, developing projects to this point takes time and resource which is where Charity funding can support – e.g. providing seed funding or supporting salary costs.

Our main grant application form can be accessed at: 

Please note that applications under £10,000 usually has a turnaround of 3-4 weeks. 

Any funding applications over £10,000 can expect a decision in 3-6 months as these have to be submitted to our Charitable Spending Committee for approval.


Courses and Conferences

If you are applying for a course or conference, your request must be in line with the Alder Hey Trust study and general leave policies.  You should approach the Learning and Development Team in the first instance so they can log your course and celebrate colleagues’ progress.

In line with Trust guidance, we have set the following limits on accommodation costs when attending a course or conference:

£125 per night in the UK - £150 per night outside the UK

We want to support as many projects as possible so please ensure you are getting the best value for money you can when looking at courses and accommodation, and that you apply in plenty of time before your course starts.  This means our funds can go further and provide more support for colleagues and patients.


Bright Ideas

Our Bright Ideas scheme runs twice a year and is a great opportunity for anyone who needs a smaller charity grant.

You can apply for a grant of up to £2,000 for your Bright Ideas project.  Our next round is open from 1st December 2022 until 5pm on 22nd January 2023.

You can access all the information you need here


Contacting us...

  • Ann Hedley – Grants Manager
  • Andrea Timoney – Grants Assistant

We love to talk! You can contact us any time if you have a question or query about grant funding by emailing [email protected]

 Email us any time or let us know if you would prefer to chat on the phone or via Teams.

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