Information on our application process, eligibility criteria, timelines and post-award expectations.
We can only fund projects or items that cannot be funded by the NHS. Before applying, see if you can secure funding from the Trust first.
Items and projects must improve cancer patient experience and/or staff wellbeing at Guy’s Cancer, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
We can fund:
Equipment (medical and non-medical), furnishings, refurbishment, any other items or projects that benefit patients and patients care, and that can’t be funded from other sources.
Research projects that seek to bring direct benefit to cancer patients and will directly translate into service, without requiring further research after the completed project. The applicants must seek approval and authorisation from all the relevant departments and governing bodies before an application is made.
Training, but only if it is part of an overall project to improve patient care and experience or staff wellbeing.
It’s possible we will award a grant from funding we already have, but sometimes we’ll decide to make a project a fundraising goal.
We can’t fund:
items that are core NHS funding responsibilities (such as those related to ensuring health and safety)
applications to support individual, named patients
recurrent and on-going maintenance costs for equipment that has already been purchased (projects and equipment must be self-sustaining once an initial grant has been given)
projects or activities which directly or indirectly benefit commercial companies providing services to the hospital, such as GSTS, the public/private partnership for Trust pathology services
applications for activities or equipment that have already been completed
research costs unless for highly translational projects which will directly result in improved care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust.
You can apply if you are a member of staff at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
You can apply if you hold an honorary contract with Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
You can apply if you work in GSTT Community Services in Lambeth and Southwark.
Yes. However, please consider whether your Special Purpose Fund could be used for your project. We have a duty to encourage the spending of more restricted funds before less restricted funding. You could use funds from your SPF alongside funds from us for your project.
The smallest amount you can apply for is £500. There is no limit, but we have limited funds to give away so please make sure your request is realistic and appropriate to the outcomes you hope to achieve.
You can apply by:
completing a Share Your Idea form. We’ll ask you some simple questions to get an outline of your project idea.
contacting a member of the Funding team. We can talk through your idea and answer any questions before you submit a Share Your Idea form
Once you send an Idea to us, we will review it and get back to you in a couple of weeks. If it’s something we could fund, we will ask you to fill out a full application form. We will review your full application internally with our team, and may ask you to make updates to give it the best chance of success when it goes to the committee. That application then goes to a decision-making committee, made up of Trust staff and Charity staff. Guy’s Cancer decision-making committees meet 3 times a year. You could get an idea funded in as little as 4 months – but this depends on whether we have further questions about your application, Charity capacity, and whether specific fundraising to support your idea is needed’.
If you’re asked to fill out a full application form, you’ll be asked to give us the contact details of the Manager and Finance Officer who will approve your application. You should make them aware of your project before finishing your full application form. We’ll get in touch with them to make sure the project has their approval. Get in touch with your line manager if you are unsure who this is for you.
If you are awarded, you will be asked to sign an offer letter and its terms and conditions.
If your idea isn’t funded, we will give you feedback from the committee. Being unsuccessful doesn’t mean you can’t apply again – get in touch with the Funding team if you would like to discuss an unsuccessful application further.