Steve Manning is chief grants officer with The King's Fund

Approximately how much do you give per year?

Each year the King's Fund makes grants amounting to about £2 million.

Around £1.5 million is given as development grants and small grants for projects which improve health or health services in London. The grants committee considers development grant applications five times a year.

A further £500,000 is earmarked for programmes of work on health issues of strategic concern to the fund undertaken in partnership with agencies in the field. A recent example is a programme grant given for health advocates to improve the health of black and ethnic minority Londoners.

Are there any particular causes or organisations you support?

We make development grants to both voluntary and statutory organisations.

We cannot provide financial support to individuals, or for projects which do not have a London focus.

We currently give priority to projects which tackle health inequalities and social injustice, work across traditional organisational and professional boundaries, promote cultural diversity, and encourage patient and public involvement.We are particularly keen to support work that is innovative, is likely to influence policy and practice, and has more than local significance, with possible benefits or implications for London generally.

What's a good way to approach you?

Grant guidelines and application forms can be found on our web site at or requested by telephone: 020 7307 2495.

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