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Small Grants Scheme

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Guidance notes

Alder Hey Children’s Charity is pleased to launch a second round of small grants funding - up to £2,000. Please read the below guidance notes before proceeding with your application.

Small Grant Funding Objectives
We have launched this funding round with the intention of offering small grants that make a big difference to your work and the lives of the patients you support. Whilst we are accepting grant applications across all four of our charity pillars we are keen to focus on funding ideas that create 'magic' and make an ongoing positive difference to the lives of patients treated at Alder Hey.

Please read more below for information on our overarching guiding principles and charity pillars applicable to all grants made by the charity.

Grant Application Process:

Small Grants Round 2 opens Thursday 1st December 2022, deadline 5pm Sunday 22nd January 2023

Application We look forward to receiving all applications that meet our funding objectives. Please note this form must be completed in one sitting and cannot be saved then returned to.
Review Your grant application will be reviewed and assessed by our Grants Team once the application deadline has passed.
Decision All applicants will be notified by email of the funding outcome once our review process is complete. Successful applicants will receive a grant offer, with grant terms and conditions.
Monitoring and Evaluation All grant holders are expected to provide funding updates/reports to the Charity so that we can share the fantastic work that you are doing with our donors. Our grants team will discuss this with successful applicants.

Alder Hey Children’s Charity guiding principles 

  • Our funding should bring magic to the lives of Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust patients and their families, and support the amazing team of staff and volunteers who work with them. We fund things that are above and beyond core NHS budgets.
  • We support a healthier future for children and young people at Alder Hey by funding state-of-the-art technology and helping to bring the medical innovations of the future.
  • Our funding has to stretch as far as it can and positively impact the lives of as many Alder Hey families as possible. That means we fund the needs of wider patient groups and not individual patient treatments, equipment/aids, or expenses.*
  • The Charity's four pillars are the key focus for funding (more below).

*If you are seeking grants for individual benefit please contact [email protected] for a list of non-affiliated charities and organisations who do offer grants of this nature.

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.

Please note: This application form must be completed in one sitting and cannot be saved then returned to. A copy of the completed application form will not be automatically sent to you but can be requested from the Grants Team ([email protected]) after submission for your records.


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