Dunhill Medical Trust announces changes to its grant programmes

The Dunhill Medical Trust has asked if we could circulate details of the following changes to the Trust’s grant programmes.

The Trust’s media release reads:

1. Grants for community-based organisations

We have been reviewing the funding programmes we make available to community organisations and have decided to make some changes.

Our annual awards budget for our Community project and building grants schemes is £0.5M – not insignificant, we know – but still relatively small given the increasing demands on it.

We were regularly receiving well in excess of 100 applications each time we opened. With funding for only four or five projects per application round, it meant that the success rates were below 10% and we did not think this was fair on the many applicants who had spent valuable time making good applications to us but we had to reject owing to budget constraints.

What we’ve decided to do

Some of the fantastic special initiatives we’ve been privileged to participate in during the last two or three years have taught us a lot about the wider support needed from funders to go alongside the money and about the networks, covening power and access to capabilities our position gives us.

We are still committed to maintaining our dual role in providing funding for both academic and clinical research and high quality community-based initiatives within the scope of our charitable objectives. We are only a small team though and this means we need to be practical about how much of this additional support we are realistically able to provide.

We have therefore decided to focus our resources for the next plan period on just two or three programmes which have the potential for demonstrating good practice, contributing to achieving systemic change and developing an evidence base.

We’re now delighted to announce the first of these: an exciting new £1M programme across England to promote young people’s engagement with care homes for older people through My Home Life’s Care Home Friends and Neighbours framework. We have become the latest match funder with the National Lottery Community Fund (doubling our community support budget) to enable us to do this and we will be administering grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.

Following the formal launch of the programme later this month, it will be piloted for 12 months in two areas (four neighbourhoods).

The following two years will see the programme roll out into 10 other areas (20 neighbourhoods).

We’ll be announcing our other programmes as they come on stream.

For the moment, any of our successful community-based grants award recipients whose grant was approved after 31 March, 2017, may be able to access small grants of up to £5k from our remaining Capability Grants budget on a first come, first served basis, assuming eligibility and a fundable proposal.

Please contact us directly if you wish to discuss this.

2. Grants for academic and clinical researchers

We’re delighted to announce the latest tranche of funding for aspiring researchers.

o If you’re a clinician or allied health professional and keen to get into research, we’re now open to applications to our latest round of personal Research Training Fellowships. Find out more HERE.

o For experienced PhD supervisors in academic departments and centres focusing on ageing-related research, we’re trialling our new PhD Studentship Fund. We particularly welcome applications that can be part-funded by the host institution, either financially (whether from internal funds or from other research or industrial funding) or in-kind through, for example, the provision of services and/or facilities or tuition fee waiver. If successful, the host institution will be responsible for the selection of suitable PhD candidates whose projects will be in the Trust’s areas of focus. While applications can be made for a single studentship, we will be giving preference to proposals which contribute to the support of several studentships. This allows the host institution to demonstrate their long-term commitment to ageing-related research or their demonstrably supported institutional plans to develop a commitment and so help us in our capacity-building objectives. Find out more HERE.”