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Barchester Healthcare Foundation

14 January 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Grants are available for small local groups and small local charities in Great Britain to improve the quality of life for older people as well as adults with a physical or mental disability, where health and/or social care needs cannot be met by the statutory public sector or by the individual.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Barchester Healthcare Foundation

Maximum value:

£ 5,000

Application deadline:

None specified


The Barchester Healthcare Foundation was established by Barchester Healthcare to reinvest into the communities it serves.

It is a registered charity with independent Trustees. The Foundation was set up in 2003 with an initial grant of over £250,000.  Barchester Healthcare continues to make further contributions to the Foundation.

Objectives of Fund

The Foundation aims to make a difference to the lives of older people and other adults with a physical, learning or mental disability; supporting practical solutions that lead to increased personal independence, self-sufficiency and dignity.

For 2020, the focus is on connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive highest priority.

Value Notes

Grants range from £100 to £5,000.

The average grant awarded in 2018 was approximately £850.

Who Can Apply

Although most funding is awarded to individuals, small community groups and small local charities based in England, Scotland or Wales can also apply.

Support is mainly available to individuals in England, Scotland and Wales who are:

  • Older people aged 65+.

  • Adults (aged 18+) with a physical disability.

  • Adults (aged 18+) with mental health problems.

All applications for an individual must be supported by a third party sponsor (eg a health or personal care professional, social worker, charity or support group representative).


England, Scotland and Wales


Grants will not be made to individuals for:

  • Services for which the health and social care authorities have a statutory responsibility.

  • Services normally offered in a care home operated by Barchester Healthcare or by any other company.

  • Home improvements and property repairs not related to disability or medical condition.

  • Basic household items such as white goods, furniture and carpeting not related to disability or medical condition.

  • Daily living costs or repayment of debts.

Grants will not be made to community groups and small charities for:

  • Core/running costs or salaries or financial support to general projects.

  • Indirect services such as help lines, newsletters, leaflets or research.

  • Major building projects or large capital projects.

  • Training of staff and volunteers.

The Trustees reserve the right to put a cap on grants to a single charity (including all of its branches) in any one year.

The Foundation does not fund retrospectively and further funding is not available for three years following a successful grant award.

Eligible Expenditure

The Foundation favours applications that encourage:

  • Mobility.

  • Independence.

  • Improved quality of life.

For older people and other adults with a physical, learning or mental disability.

The priority is on helping older people (aged 65+) to improve mobility, independence and quality of life.

The focus for 2020 is about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive the highest priority.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Application forms are available to complete online or to download from the Foundation's website. 

Further guidance can also be found on the website.

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Grants Management Team
    Barchester Healthcare Foundation
    Third Floor, The Aspect
    12 Finsbury Square
    EC2A 1AS
    Tel: 0800 328 3328
    Fax: 0207 382 2890
    Email: [email protected]


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