Small Grant

Small Grants Programme – For grants up to £3,000

Small Grants is a rolling programme and awards will be decided bimonthly.  Please consider your project starting date when applying and submit in time for the next grant awarding decision panel.

To ensure you do not miss your deadline, grant applications need to be submitted at the first of the month in which an award decision panel is being held e.g.  Grant award Panel meeting held at the end of April, applications will need to be submitted by 1st of April.

Grant Awarding meetings are held at the end of: February, April, June, August, October, December.

Download application papers in the resources at the bottom of this page.

The Foundation recognise that a lot of really good ideas don’t happen because there isn’t the funding to support them, and that sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference.

Applications for the Small Grant programme must be able to show:

  • They are based and support communities across Bristol, South Gloucester or North Somerset.
  • Demonstrate how it will impact one of the Foundation’s criteria (see below).

Criteria:

  • Improved health and wellbeing in local communities
  • Reduced health and economic inequalities in local communities
  • Greater independence and dignity of people living in the local communities
  • Projects that have been co-created with service users

Occasionally, the Foundation will award small grants to individuals, to purchase items that would otherwise not be funded and will guarantee the claimants independence.

Projects supported by the Smaller Grant Programme should be completed within one year.

We especially like to encourage front line Sirona care & health staff to apply with their ideas that will create a positive change in the area they work in.  All applications must demonstrate that they are ‘above & beyond’ the financial capacity of Sirona care & health and so would otherwise not be funded.

What we will not fund:

  • Any costs that would be considered the normal everyday business of the organisation making the request (including Sirona Care and Health).
  • Projects that will require permanent funding and cannot show a clear sustainability plan.
  • Funding will not be considered for staff and organiser salaries, administration costs, professional fees and on-going overheads related to a capital project such as Utility Bills.
  • Projects that are not within the geographic areas where Sirona operate – Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire.

Grant applications should be emailed to: sirona.foundation@nhs.net

Who can apply?

Applications can be submitted from community organisations, charities, CIC’s, Sirona health and care staff, providing health and wellbeing services in the Sirona communities.

Additional Grant Information:

Grant Use:

By accepting a grant from the Sirona Foundation, you are agreeing it will be used for the sole purpose of the project described in the application and must not be retained or used for any other purpose without the prior agreement of the Foundation.

Should the purpose that the grant is provided change, stop or the organisation ends, then a proportion of the grant will be repayable.

Grant process:

Small Grant Programme is a rolling programme, applications will be considered bimonthlyApplications can be submitted by the first of the month prior to an award meeting which are held at the end of each month: February, April, June, August, October, December

(Note: dates may change due to other commitments)

Match Funding: The Foundation will consider match funding a project with another grant provider, subject to match funding being secured.

Decisions: Applications will be considered by the Foundation’s Committee of Trustees, who will decide the outcome of the application.

If your application is approved, a grant letter emailed to the address provided in the application and will be issued within two weeks.  Successful applicants will be told the amount of grant awarded and will have our terms and conditions document attached, they will need to be signed and returned before payment of the grant is released.

If you application has not been approved, if you wish, you can revise your application and resubmit (this does not guarantee success!).

Applications can be submitted by email to: sirona.foundation@nhs.net

Monitoring and Evaluating:

Applicants are expected to monitor the outcomes of the project by providing a short report incorporating before, during, and after information.  It should include the benefits the project brought to the community or member of the user group, if there were any changes made to your project and what effect this had on the outcome.

All Monitoring forms can be found in the grant support in our resources section at the bottom of this page.

Submit your monitoring forms to: sirona.foundation@nhs.net

Applicants will be expected to submit photographs of the project.  Please note that we will use these photos and case studies on our website and in other marketing literature to promote the projects the Foundation funds. Applicants should therefore ensure that they have all the right permissions for this information before sharing it with us.

Photography consent forms can be found at the bottom of this page in our resources.

For more information or if you have any additional questions, please get in touch please email: sirona.foundation@nhs.net

Resources:

Sirona Foundation Small Grants Application Form

Sirona Foundation Small Grants Monitoring Form

Sirona Foundation Small Grant Application Guide

Standard Terms and Conditions of The Sirona Foundation Grants

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