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The need to provide high quality cancer care, research and treatment is increasing. Therefore, we offer support in these areas with our grant giving. Find out more on how to apply.

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Hardship grants

What are they for?
To support cancer patients facing financial hardship. Examples of use include household bills, childcare costs, mortgage payments and travel costs associated with treatment.

Up to £300 over three months, issued as three monthly payments of £100.

Who can apply?
Anyone with a cancer diagnosis, or their carer/supporting individual can apply on their behalf.

How can I apply?
Contact our healthcare team to discuss eligibility via email charityteam@wpcancercharity.org.uk or give us a call.

Small grants - up to £1,500

What are they for?
Our small grants can be used for any project that benefits people in our region affected by cancer. Projects may be to enhance treatment within the hospital, provide other forms of support in the community, or to fund a small research project.

Who can apply?
Anyone with an idea for a project. Applications are accepted year-round.

How can I apply?
Contact our Grants Manager, Ruby Osborn – email ruby@wpcancercharity.org.uk or give us a call to discuss your ideas and request an application form.

Training and development grants - up to £1,500

What are they for?
These are designed to support Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (STH) staff to attend courses and gain skills which will improve their ability to care for patients affected by cancer.

Who can apply
Any Sheffield Teaching Hospitals employee.

How can I apply?
Contact our Grants Manager, Ruby Osborn – email ruby@wpcancercharity.org.uk or give us a call – to discuss ideas and request an application form.

Treatment and care grants

What are they for?
Projects which fall under one or more of the following areas:

  • Living well with and beyond cancer; especially reaching communities or demographics facing health inequalities.
  • Improving hospital services across the region and the environment at Weston Park Cancer Centre.
  • Projects led by or co-produced with people with lived experience of cancer.

What is the grant value?
No upper limit except our total budget.

How long is the grant for?
Up to three years.

How can I apply?
Contact Grants Manager, Ruby Osborn via email ruby@wpcancercharity.org.uk or call us to discuss your ideas and request an application form.

Large research grant

What are they for?
Research projects which fall under one or more of the following areas:

  • Preventing cancer spread
  • Bringing new treatments to the clinic
  • Integrating modern imaging into patient care
  • Improving quality of life and the cancer experience during and beyond treatment

Examples include exploring the effect of oestrogen on breast cancer treatment, developing a blood test for lung cancer, predicting treatment response in ovarian cancer, and improving head and neck cancer response to radiotherapy.

What is the grant value?
Up to £100,000 per year.

How long is the grant available for?
Three years.

How much is the grant for?
£100,000 per year for each of 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25 (ie only one programme grant).

What is the decision process?
Applications are reviewed by the Research Committee, who then make recommendations to the Board of Trustees, who make the final funding award.

Stage 1
The application window will open in late September and outline applications are due by 15th December. Outlines will be considered by the Committee in January.

Stage 2
Shortlisted applicants will be informed in January and invited to submit full applications by 25th March. These applications will be sent for external peer review before being considered by the Committee in July, following which the final recommendation will be made to the Board. Funding for the successful application will be available from 1st September 2022.

How can I apply?
Contact our Grants Manager, Ruby Osborn via email on ruby@wpcancercharity.org.uk to request an application form.