The private healthcare provider Bupa has launched a new charitable foundation that will give up to £1m in grants to health and social care projects in 2015.
The Bupa UK Foundation will support a small number of projects that tackle health and social care challenges and make a direct impact on people’s health and wellbeing, according to its website.
Applications for the first round of funding will open in mid-May and funding decisions for this round will be announced in the summer.
The foundation is particularly keen to support projects that involve common health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and dementia, as well as issues such as mental health, ageing, prevention of long-term conditions and behaviour change to improve health and wellbeing.
Paula Franklin, medical director at Bupa UK, said in a statement: "The driving force of our new charitable foundation is to help millions of people to live longer, healthier and happier lives, and to engage more people in their health and wellbeing. Our funding will be directed towards projects and initiatives that support this purpose."
The foundation’s trustee board is made up of five Bupa UK directors and two external trustees, including Andrea Spyropoulos, a former president of the Royal College of Nursing.
Spyropoulos said in a statement: "I'm delighted to be involved in establishing Bupa's new charitable foundation. It's a great opportunity to support a wide range of projects that have the potential to make a meaningful difference to people's lives."
Information on how to apply for funding will be published on the Bupa UK Foundation website.