Bupa UK Foundation

The Bupa UK Foundation’s mission is to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. The Foundation’s funding programmes are developed around clearly defined themes and reflect important factors that underpin health and wellbeing. Among others these include mental health, ageing well, managing long-term conditions, behaviour change and healthy living.


Each round will focus on a different theme and the 2018 one is Caring for our Carers.  The Bupa UK Foundation selected this theme for 2018 in recognition of the fact that ‘carers make a vital, hidden contribution to the health and wellbeing of the nation, yet they can often feel socially isolated, lacking support and a sense of community’ and ‘many carers report that caring has taken a toll on their own health’.


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.


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 ensure their application fits the following criteria:


  • They can clearly evidence a track record of engaging, working with and supporting carers
  • Their project focuses on carers, rather than on those they care for. If carers are able to look after their own health, those they care for benefit too
  • The project will support older carers (those aged over 65) directly and specifically
  • The project aims to support or improve health and wellbeing. Applications will need to outline the difference the project is likely to make to people’s health and wellbeing and how the applicant intends to measure this


In the 2018 funding programme, the Foundation is looking to support practical, community focused projects designed to help older carers to manage and improve their own health and wellbeing.


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


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 deadline for applications is 5th October 2018.


Email: bupaukfoundation@bupa.com