The King’s Fund recognises the challenges that smaller charities can have accessing funding to support the health and wellbeing of their communities. The Charity also recognises that many of the people leading these charities have been working under huge pressure, particularly during COVID-19.
Its GSK Grow Programme is currently open to registered charities that are at least 12 months old, working in a health-related field in the UK.
The Grow Programme is designed to support aspirational leaders who want to develop their charities. To be eligible applicants must be:
o Able to demonstrate its impact on its community’s health and wellbeing in the UK.
o Independently constituted from any national umbrella organisation
o Located and registered in the UK.
o Targeting community health needs in the UK - community can be defined as a geographical community or community of interest, and
o Within the income band for the programme - the charity must have a total annual income between £20,000 and £120,000 (as shown in its most recent accounts).
The GSK Grow Programme offers the following funding and resources:
o Up to 10 organisations will receive £10,000 in unrestricted funding from GSK plus up to two free places on the GSK Grow Leadership Programme starting in November 2021 and running over 6 months, and
o Up to five runners-up will receive £1,000 in unrestricted funding.
The King’s Fund will be looking for evidence of:
o Aspirational leaders who want to develop their leadership and their organisation.
o good partnership working – sharing what you know, learning from others and complementing other’s work.
o Financial stability and sustainability.
o How you improve the health and wellbeing of your community.
o How your organisation has responded to COVID-19.
o How you work effectively with your community, including reaching the people who are most vulnerable or disadvantaged, and ensuring people with lived experience lead or help shape your work, and
o Robust management and governance processes.
The deadline for applications to the programme is 5pm Monday 20 September 2021.
Further information, guidance and details about how to apply is available on the King’s Fund website.