Funding Guidelines

In order for you to understand the objects of the Trust, we invite you to read the website and in particular review the projects that we have funded and the ‘who we are’ section.
Our wish is to be able to help people.

Our attitude is flexible, worldwide and all encompassing. We do have a special association with Lourdes, Italy and the UK and we are particularly mindful of our Patron’s affiliation with Poland.

We require projects to be of high quality and impacting lives to benefit the vulnerable, the sick and the disadvantaged.

Projects should have the potential to benefit more than just a local application and should also encourage funding and involvement from other organisations. We recognise that some of these may be difficult to fund and our funding is granted without conditions other than that the project is completed, see ‘follow up’ form. We shall not commit until the entire project is funded.

We shall also support activities for youth, education and those that clearly can promote the Sue Ryder name and cause.

Specific areas of interest for the Trust are education, health related matters, social welfare, homelessness, poverty and the promotion of religious belief. Exceptional applications outside of these areas will be considered.

The Trust considers applications four times a year and applications should arrive by 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October each year to be considered by the trustees at their next meeting. The Trustees may decline a request and there is no requirement for them to give any reason for so doing. Equally the Trustees may decide to part fund the request.

External documentary evidence supporting the application is likely to benefit the application.

Please adhere to the minimum requirements given below, as the Trust supports;

  • General running and core costs for projects (time limit applied)
  • Capital costs for building work and equipment
  • Anything that is within the Sue Ryder remit and to continue her ethos

The Trust does not support;

  • Endowments or general appeals
  • Repayment of debts
  • Repeat requests within the last 24 months (unless specifically mentioned at the outset)
  • Emergency funding
  • Areas in respect of arms, tobacco or the use of non-medicinal drugs