Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust

Our grant making process

We award grants using a robust procedure to ensure donations are spent in accordance with supporters’ wishes, to the greatest benefit of patients, their families and those who support them.

ACT's Grants Committee

You may like to see our grants bulletins which demonstrate the breadth and value of the initiatives and equipment which our kind donors make possible. Our Grants Committee meets every three months and the bulletins give a full up-to-date list of initiatives supported, alongside more information on how the grants process works.The Grants Committee advises ACT’s trustees in setting their grant-making strategy and priorities.

Our grants panels

Applications are received by the Research Advisory Committee (RAC), chaired by Professor John Bradley see here for RAC membership, and the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) (for non - research applications), chaired by Dr Rob Ross Russell. Committee members review each application and make recommendations to the Grants Committee for ratification. All committees meet four times a year.

In 2014, we invited applications for two additional grant panels, Innovation for Patient Benefit and Patient Amenities. These panels meet twice a year.

The Innovation for Patient Benefit panel aims to support innovative projects that provide public benefit. The intention is to facilitate the development and adoption of new and improved ways of providing health care.

The Patient Amenities panel awards grants of up to £2,000 that support enhancements to the patient experience. This can include changing hospital environments, providing equipment or even improving information for patients when they visit.

Designated and unrestricted funds

Some grants are made from designated funds, where supporters have stipulated how they would like their donations to be spent. Other grants are made from unrestricted funds, which are vitally important because they give ACT’s trustees the flexibility to meet patients’ needs as and when they arise across the hospitals.

Unrestricted funds are limited, so ACT is striving to encourage more supporters to give unrestricted donations, so more projects like those listed in the bulletins can be funded.

Charitable funding is allocated to projects and initiatives over and above what the NHS would normally finance. It can, however, be used for routine refurbishment or to meet statutory NHS requirements if it can be shown that there is substantial benefit, such as accelerating advances in medical care or increasing the quality of service provision over and above that possible through NHS funding alone.


  • If you work within Addenbrooke’s or the Rosie and would like to apply for a grant, please visit the hospital intranet.