Bupa UK Foundation - Mental Health Funding Programme 2019

Status: Open to applications

Application Deadline:31 May 2019


Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for practical projects that tackle critical challenges in health and social care, make a direct impact on people's health and wellbeing and address the Foundation's theme for that year.


Maximum Value: £20,000

Value Notes

The maximum grant available is £20,000.

Projects awarded funding from the Bupa UK Foundation automatically receive an uplift of 15% of the level of funding awarded as a contribution to core costs.

Extended Description

Established in 2015, the Bupa UK Foundation's mission is to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. In the last three years, the Bupa UK Foundation has awarded more than £2 million in grants to over 70 organisations across the UK to improve the health and wellbeing.

The Foundation’s grant-making currently focuses on three themes: Mid-life Mental Health, Caring for Carers and Healthy Futures supporting young adults aged 18 to 25 who live with ongoing health challenges.

The 2019 funding programme is focused on practical, community focused projects that aim to support and improve people's mental health in mid-life.

Mid-life (defined for this programme as age range of 30s and 50s) can be a time of increased responsibilities, challenges and pressures for some and the prevalence of mental illness peaks among people in their middle years.

Latest Information

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019.

Key Criteria

Not-for-profit organisations, including social enterprises and community interest companies, based and operating in the UK can apply.

Partnership bids will be accepted as long as there is one clearly identified lead organisation that will take a central co-ordinating role to ensure the project is delivered as outlined.

Any application from a local or regional charity that is affiliated to a wider network, federation or organisation will only be accepted if the application has been submitted through the national office.

To be eligible, organisations must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Their project or initiative will support people in mid-life. Suggested age range 30s to 50s.
  • Their project focuses specifically on supporting and improving people’s mental health and wellbeing, rather than on addressing wider social issues.
  • Their application clearly explains how they will reach, engage and directly support individuals in improving their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Their application outlines how they will measure and evaluate the difference their project makes to the mental health and wellbeing of individual participants.

Eligible Expenditure

In the 2019 funding programme, the Foundation is looking to support practical, community focused projects that aim to support and improve people's mental health in mid-life (age range from 30s to 50s).

To be eligible, projects must:

  • Meet the current funding focus.
  • Be clearly for public benefit.
  • Take place within the UK.
  • Be delivered within 12 to 18 months.

Match Funding Restrictions

Not required.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Individuals or causes that benefit just one person.
  • Work that does not fall within the scope of the Bupa UK Foundation's charitable purposes.
  • Work that is not clearly aligned with the stated funding priorities of a specific funding programme.
  • Projects delivered outside of the UK even if the applicant is UK based.
  • Long-term projects and initiatives. It is expected that most projects will be delivered within 12 to 18 months.
  • Projects delivered by local authorities, housing associations, or other work which might reasonably be eligible for funding from statutory bodies.
  • General awareness or information campaigns.
  • Respite breaks or cover for respite breaks, day trips and holidays.
  • Sponsorship of or attendance at meetings, events and conferences.
  • Fundraising appeals, including requests for contributions to capital or equipment costs.
  • Unrestricted funding for charities or other organisations.
  • Academic research, including funding for educational or research posts.
  • Multiple applications in each round. Only one application per organisation per funding round will be accepted.

Application Procedure

There are three stages to the grant-making.

  • Stage 1 - the summary information provided in the project outline by the applicant is reviewed.
  • Stage 2 - applications that most clearly fit the application criteria are then invited to submit more detailed information.
  • Stage 3 - a small number of applications will be considered by the Bupa UK Foundation's Board of Trustees, who make all final funding decisions.

The Foundation aims to advise all applicants whether they have been successful in progressing to Stage 2 within six weeks of the closing date.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on this site - or alternatively please check the funding body’s own website

Contact details: Enquiries Bupa UK Foundation
Bupa House
15-19 Bloomsbury Way


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