Hospital Grants

Kidney Care UK is the UK’s leading kidney patient support charity, working to improve the quality of life for people affected by
kidney disease. One of the ways we support kidney patients is through our Hospital Grants programme, which aims to improve patient outcomes by funding improvements to kidney services.

Over the last five years alone the charity has provided over £10 million in funding for 70 hospital renal units around the UK.

The Kidney Care UK Hospital Grants programme

Kidney Care UK accepts grant applications from hospital trusts, renal units, KPAs and other associated bodies or organisations to help deliver better equipment and innovative services that improve the health and wellbeing of kidney patients and their families.

Kidney Care UK provides grants for staff posts, projects and equipment.

We will also consider applications for significant investment in major renal projects.

It is important to remember that the we will only consider grant applications if funds are not available from the hospital trust or other relevant authority.

We are unlikely to fund projects or posts considered to be core NHS provision.

Key guidelines for Hospital Grant applications

Grants for projects and equipment

Renal units can apply to Kidney Care UK for a grant of up to £50,000 for a patient project, piece of equipment or renal unit infrastructure.

Grants for staff posts

Funding is available for staff posts such as renal social workers, physiotherapists, renal counsellors and youth workers up to a maximum basic salary of £50,000 per annum. Kidney Care UK will not fund more than two posts simultaneously at the same trust.

We have recently reviewed our grants paperwork and processes to ensure that our charitable funds work as hard as possible and make the greatest impact on the quality of patients' lives. Please ensure that you read the guidelines before applying.

Download the Kidney Care UK Hospital Grant Application Guidelines

Hospital Grants: core themes

Although the charity will consider applications for new ideas that are innovative and improve life for patients, we particularly welcome applications that support our priorities:

  • children and young adults, including transition
  • psychosocial support
  • patient choice including shared and self-care and home therapies
  • patient involvement and empowerment
  • end of life care
  • increasing transplantation
  • improving the quality of and access to patient information and support
  • supporting a stronger, more cohesive kidney community.

Kidney Care UK looks favourably on new and innovative projects that show evidence of improving patient care and quality of life for adults and children with kidney disease.

How to apply for a Kidney Care UK Hospital Grant

Hospital Grant application forms

Download the Kidney Care UK New post Grant application form

Please download the application form which best suits your application.

Download the Kidney Care UK Project / equipment Grant application form

Kidney Care UK Hospital Grants timetable

Hospital Grant applications are considered twice a year.

Next round

  • Applications deadline – 15 January 2024
  • Grants Committee Meeting – 23 February 2024
  • Ratification by Main Trustee Board w/c – date to be confirmed

Performance and feedback reports

At the end of each year we expect applicants to complete the relevant feedback form showing the project's progress, measures of success and include any quotes we can use.

Download Performance and Feedback Report - Staff

Please choose the relevant form for your project.

Download Performance and Feedback Report - Project and Equipment

Group travel funding

We fund group travel groups to help group of patients from a unit attend events like the British Transplant Games or our annual Young Adult residential weekend at Mount Cook in Derbyshire.

Download the Group Travel Grant application form

Individual patient grants

If you are a social worker or member of a kidney care team looking to apply for an individual patient grant, find out more about Kidney Care UK individual patient grants.

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