Grant Process

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How we Decide

We ask applicants to show us that there is a need for their project, and to demonstrate that funds will be used effectively at all stages.

We look for answers to the following questions:

  • How many people will the grant benefit?
  • What is the health gain from the project?
  • How will we know how successful the project has been?
  • Is the grant a one off or is it expected to recur?
  • How will the project secure long term funding from other sources?
  • Will our grant help to lever support from others?
  • Does the project have local support?Is the project well and efficiently managed?
  • Are the accounts up to date?
  • Does the project have the support of the PCT and the RCHT?
  • Is there support from local GPs?
  • How does it fit in with the NHS provision?
  • Are there other partners?

We normally only give grants to NHS organisations or registered charities, which ensures the recipient is subject to a proper level of accounting and governance regulation. This would certainly apply to any grants approval over £30,000.

We recognise, however, that it might be difficult for small or new charities to meet these conditions so recommend that such organisations contact us before they apply, to discuss their situation.

Applications for £5K or less can be discussed on line between our quarterly meetings, with a minimum of four members of the Grants Committee present/involved.

Grant offers made by this Charity may be subject to certain conditions such as raising the balance of any required funding. Payment of a grant for capital projects will usually only be made on receipt of evidence that the expenditure has been incurred.

Grants to meet revenue costs will be paid by instalments spread over the period of the relevant project. Grants not claimed within twelve months of an offer being made may be withdrawn.

Who can apply?

DHC primarily provides funding to registered charities, but in some circumstances will support other not for profit community groups or social enterprises operating in Cornwall who have the following:

  • Governing document e.g. Constitution, Articles which outlines the organisation’s objectives and there must be a Dissolution Clause
  • There must be a minimum of three unrelated trustees registered with the Charity Commission, or if not a charity then the management committee must have three unrelated members
  • All details registered with the Charity Commission must be up to date if you are a Registered Charity or a Charitable Incorporated Organisation
  • If working with children and/or vulnerable beneficiaries, there must be a Safeguarding policy in place, the Safeguarding Officer should be named within this policy
  • You must be able to provide up to date annual accounts
  • You must have a bank account in the organisation’s name which requires two unrelated signatories for all withdrawals in excess of £5,000
  • In date relevant Insurance Policies
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • A written reference from an independent referee could be requested by DHC during the application process

Grant Making Policy

We support projects and schemes that improve health, well-being, and the provision of health care in Cornwall.

We help provide equipment and services that other agencies don’t provide:

We try to identify specific needs, partly through our seminars.

We give priority to projects which improve direct health care for the community and individuals.

We are especially interested in applications where a donation from the Duchy Health Charity is likely to lever additional help from other sources.

As a general rule we do not support request for funding that is attributed to the paying of salaries or expenses’

We do not fund applications from individualsor applications that duplicate an existing provision.

CIC’s – additional criteria

While we will consider applications from CIC’s, these organisation’s differ from registered charities, particularly in relation to their governance structure. As a result we request the following when considering applications from CIC’s:

  • Objects must include the improvement of the health, wellbeing and provision of health care in Cornwall
  • Have a minimum of three unconnected directors, the majority of who must not be paid any remuneration
  • There must be an asset lock clause that ensures funds and assets are transferred to a body with charitable objects in Cornwall should the CIC close
  • All documents registered with Companies House must be up to date and match the documents submitted as part of the grant application process (e.g. in respect of asset lock)
  • Have a policy in place to ensure decisions on directors’ remuneration are taken by the unpaid directors
  • Have a realistic up to date business plan which includes a financial forecast to be submitted with the application

DHC will only support salary costs in exceptional circumstances.

Previous Grants

We have given financial support to organisations, charities and other groups that aim to improve the health care and the well-being of patients in Cornwall, such as The Macmillan Service, Riding for the Disabled, St John Ambulance, Cornish Blind Association, Cornwall Dermatology Research Project, Cornwall Care for the Elderly and numerous others.


Exceptional grants

We make major grants to exceptional projects.The Well Cornwall Project based on the Knowledge Spa. The Duchy Health Charity was the largest single private-sector donor, with a gift of £892,000.The specialist cancer centre at Treliske Hospital, which enabled specialist cancer treatment to be given locally in Truro, received £1.25 million.