Learn more about the grants we have awarded.

We seek projects that fit with our purpose, our themes, criteria and values.

Our Purpose

To make a positive difference to the health of people living in challenging circumstances where access to quality healthcare is, for whatever reason, limited.

Our Themes

We seek projects that bring down the barriers to quality healthcare and/or bring people together to advance medical knowledge and practice where it is most needed. We seek to do this through an International Programme and a Local and National Programme.

Project Criteria

The Board will seek exemplary projects in this category that demonstrate the following criteria:

  • Shows tangible and cost effective impact
  • Are local to Glasgow or of UK-wide significance (Local and National Programme)
  • Have a charitable mission
  • Are backed by a track record of delivery
  • Tackle genuine barriers to healthcare with innovation and compassion
  • Share the values of the HOPE Foundation (on our website)
  • Can provide a budget and breakdown of costs
  • Can provide quantitative and qualitative feedback

What we DO NOT fund:

  • Large scale capital projects
  • Salaries, although sessional work and specialist contracts will be considered
  • Fundraising activity
  • Individuals (except where volunteer opportunities arise and there is a candidate selection process)
  • Endowments


In the first instance, all applicants should send an initial enquiry to hope@rcpsg.ac.uk. We will be able to tell you when the next call for applications is due to help you plan your submission.

It is likely that the largest grant will be in the region of £10,000 with smaller grants of circa £1,000.

Requests for funding from the International Programme will be considered if they are nominated by Fellows or Members of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in good standing. Any project in this category will require written agreements with all parties involved that state responsibilities, processes, work plans and desired outcomes. After an initial enquiry, applicants will be asked to complete a form to define the project and gather the information needed by the Board.

Requests for support from the Local and National Programme will be considered by the Board at two meetings per year (dates to be confirmed). Each application with be initially assessed by the Foundation Manger and those that meet the criteria will go to the Board for final decision. From time to time, the Board will seek input from a Project Advisory Group of individuals with relevant background and experience who can advise the Board appropriately.

All applicants will be informed of the progress of their submissions via email. We aim to provide a decision with 8 weeks of receiving a project proposal.

The HOPE Foundation wishes to work in partnership with projects, especially where volunteering opportunities for College Fellows and Members could form part of our support. We can also assist with access to the College as a venue and in joint PR initiatives.


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