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The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


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Hospital Saturday Fund

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Fund Information

Funding body:

The Hospital Saturday Fund

Maximum value:

£ 10,000

Application deadline:



The Twelfth Earl of Meath established The Hospital Saturday Fund, a registered charity, in 1873 at a time when there was very little government aid for people in need of health care. The fund was named “Saturday” because this was the day when most people were normally paid. Every Saturday, workers put aside small amounts of money to contribute towards the upkeep of their local hospitals.

Objectives of Fund

The Hospital Saturday Fund provides grant funding to registered health charities such as hospitals, hospices and medical organisations for medical projects, care, research or support of medical training taking place in the United Kingdom.

Value Notes

There are two levels of awards:

  • Standard Grants of £2,000 or €3,000

  • Larger Grants of up to a maximum of £10,000 or €13,500

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a stipulated requirement.

Who Can Apply

Registered health charities such as hospitals, hospices and medical organisations based and operating within the UK or the Republic of Ireland can apply once per calendar year.


United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Overseas projects.

  • Organisations carrying out non-medically related activities.

  • Charitable projects outside the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Republic of Ireland.

  • Organisations that are not registered with one of following:

    • Charity Commission for England and Wales

    • HM Revenue & Customs

    • Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

    • Charity Commission for Northern Ireland

    • The Isle of Man General Registry

    • The appropriate regulatory body in the Channel Island

    • Revenue Commissioners in Ireland

Eligible Expenditure

Funding can assist with medical capital projects, medical care or research, medical training and running costs.

Large Grants are awarded for specific projects, research or equipment rather than running costs.

Recently funded organisations include:

  • Leonard Cheshire Disability for Eyegaze technology.

  • Lullaby Trust, in the West Midlands, so that it can continue to provide expert advice on safer sleep for babies, supports bereaved families and raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death.

  • Cotswold Care Hospice so that it can continue to provide services on their Day Hospice programme for patients in Gloucestershire.

  • Treloar’s, a charity which provides education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training for children and young people with complex disabilities from across the UK, for its Assistive Technology Department.

How To Apply

The 2019 deadlines for applications are:

  • Standard Grants - 1 May, 15 July, 7 October, 6 January 2020 (to be confirmed later in 2019).

  • Large Grants - 3 April, 17 June, 9 September, 1 December (tentative to be confirmed later in 2019)

The Grant Making Committee meets quarterly. Applications should be submitted online by close of business on the deadline date.

Guidelines and an online application form can be found on the HSF website.

Useful documents & links

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Charity Coordinator
    The Hospital Saturday Fund
    24 Upper Ground
    SE1 9PD
    Tel: 020 7202 1365
    Fax: 020 7928 0446
    Email: [email protected]

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