Royal London Foundation 2019: terms and conditions

The Royal London Foundation helps members support local organisations that make a difference in your communities.

Established in 2011 to mark Royal London’s 150th anniversary, the Foundation gives core cost grants to community groups nominated by members. In this way we support the often unsung heroes whose work makes such a big difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

The award

The Royal London Foundation offers awards of £5,000 to support the core work of community groups nominated by members. The award does not have to be for a specific project or programme, it can be to benefit the overall organisation’s activities.

We support organisations that have a local impact, rather than ones that operate nationally, and that fit within our theme of ‘supporting people with a chronic or long-term condition’.

Understanding the theme

‘Supporting people with a chronic or long-term condition’ is a very broad theme to allow us to support a wide range of organisations. Examples include organisations supporting those with chronic illnesses or disabilities, those in caring roles, those working with refugees and asylum seekers, or with alleviating the effects of poverty directly – for example, working with a specific social mobility group. The recipient could be a hospice, day centre or homeless shelter.

We are unable to fund organisations that are working with individuals from a wide variety of social backgrounds. Organisations must support an identifiable cause or group of people that are directly affected by either chronic conditions or by longer-term challenges.

Eligibility criteria

Before applying, please check the organisation you are nominating is eligible by reviewing the points below:

  • The organisation is a registered UK charity, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, a Company Limited by Guarantee; a not-for-profit registered Community Interest Company; a constituted community or voluntary sector organisation.
  • The organisation has an annual turnover under £1,000,000.
  • The organisation has local community impact, rather than a national or international reach (we will accept nominations for branches of national charities that have their own management committee and bank account).
  • The organisation can demonstrate that all beneficiaries have a chronic or long-term condition.
  • The organisation is based in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
  • The organisation has a point of contact for UKCF who is able to undertake the process.
  • The organisation can provide all the required supporting documentation by 26 July 2019.
  • The organisation can apply by 26 July 2019.

Unfortunately, organisations are unable to receive a £5,000 grant two years in a row. So, organisations that were successful in 2018 will not be eligible for funding in 2019.

However, we do have a small pot of funding for continuation grants each year, which are offered to exceptional organisations. Nominees and grantees cannot apply for this funding directly but are chosen based on evidence provided in end of grant forms that demonstrates effective and impactful use of their core cost grant.


We are unable to fund individuals, organisations that have a religious or political affiliation, organisations that provide activities for individuals from a wide variety of social backgroundsincluding those that do not have a chronic or long-term condition, or activities and equipment that should be provided by statutory services, e.g., activity in school hours.

Royal London charity partners are ineligible for nomination from the date they are chosen by Royal London staff, until the date the charity partnership officially ends.

Other important information

  • We have received a lot of interest in this fund and will only be able to award grants to the strongest candidates that best align with the theme.
  • Only one award can be given per organisation in each calendar year, regardless of the number of separate submissions the organisation receives.
  • The decision of our partner, UK Community Foundations, is final.

Supporting documents

Nominated organisations that are invited to apply will need to submit the following supporting documents so that UKCF and the local Community Foundations can carry out financial and organisational due diligence:

  • Copy of governing documents (e.g., constitution, memorandum and articles or set of rules).
  • Copy of most recent annual accounts.
  • Copy of a bank statement no more than 3 months old.
  • Copies of safeguarding (if you are working with children or vulnerable adults) and equal opportunities policies.
  • A list of the names and addresses of Trustees or if you are not a registered charity – then your management committee.