BMA Giving is a committee of BMA members who meet annually to determine the grants which are made by the BMA to healthcare charities.
The purpose of the donation must fall within the objects of the BMA which include:
- promoting the medical and allied sciences
- maintaining the honour and interests of the medical profession
- promoting the achievement of high quality healthcare.
This year, the committee will give priority to applications which align with the BMA’s mission: “We look after doctors so they can look after you.”
The committee also welcomes applications from charities where doctors play a key role in the charity’s work.
Online applications for the 2020 grants are now open and will close on Friday 27 March 2020 at midnight.
BMA Giving terms and conditions
BMA Giving committee
The BMA Giving committee is chaired by Professor Averil Mansfield CBE. Professor Mansfield graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1960 and trained as a general surgeon. In 1993, she became the UK’s first female professor of surgery at St Mary’s Hospital.
She has served as Vice president of the Royal College of Surgeons and President of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, the Vascular Surgical Society and the Section of Surgery of the Royal Society of Medicine. She is a past president of the BMA (2009 – 2010) and past chair of the Board of Science (2010-2015).
Professor Mansfield chaired the Stroke Association between 2003 and 2008 and is an ambassador of the BMA Foundation for Medical Research. She also won the NHS Heroes lifetime achievement award in 2018.
Frequently asked questions
Who is not eligible for BMA Giving grants?
Our BMA Giving grants aim to support smaller charities registered in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level.
The committee will give preference to charities that have an annual income of less than £350,000 per annum, however applications from larger or national charities will be considered. We are not able to support applications from individuals, including tuition and course fees.
How much funding can an applicant apply for?
Applicant charities may apply for any amount up to, but not exceeding, £50,000. Smaller grants will also be considered.
Can I submit a hard copy of my application form?
No. Applications must be submitted via the BMA Giving online application system.
What is needed to apply online?
As part of the application process, applicants will be required to upload a minimum of three attachments in PDF format. These are:
- Relevant financial documents for the project
- Planning document for the project
- A safeguarding policy
BMA Giving grants are assessed by the BMA charitable purposes subcommittee. In judging the applications, the committee consider the following points.
Importance of the work
- Does the organisation/project create lasting benefits to patient care, the medical profession or medical and health research?
- Is the project well designed?
- Are the project and organisation sustainable?
- Have the relevant risks been identified and are sufficient mitigating strategies in place?
- Are the appropriate safeguarding checks in place?
Appropriate use of funds
- Will the supplies or services for which funding is requested provide a valuable contribution to the project?
- Is the funding requested appropriate for the supplies or services detailed; i.e. has the applicant given an accurate quotation or realistic estimates?
- Is the completion of the project dependent on the applicant securing funds from other sources?
See the BMA Giving terms and conditions for further details.
When can I apply for funding?
Online applications for the 2020 BMA Giving grant round are now open and will close on 27 March 2020.
When will successful applicants be notified?
Successful applicants will be notified in July.
When will the money be available?
For successful applicants, funding will be available following the receipt of the signed grants offer letter.
Please email [email protected] or call 020 7383 6409 for more information.