Special Purposes Funds

As the name suggests, Special Purpose Funds (SPF) are funds that can only be used for a particular purpose. The terms of each SPF will set out which area it can be used to benefit - for example a particular ward or service. 

The money often comes from grateful patients and their families who have made donations or left legacies, or because you, the staff, have actively fundraised. Using Special Purpose Funds can transform your ward or service. They can provide you with equipment, facilities, support training, or even fund research which can help you deliver extraordinary health care. 

To see if there is a Special Purpose Fund for the ward or service you work in,  click on 'find out more' below.

Fund advisers

Our Trustees take the advice of Fund Advisers on how best to spend the donations we receive so that they have the most benefit to patients. Fund Advisers are staff who, as volunteers for the Charity, act as a link between the NHS team working on the ward or service and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Charity.  

Refer to the list on the left hand side to see a list of charitable funds and the fund advisers.

Making an application

Your first step is to speak to the Fund Adviser for the Special Purpose Fund as they will have to submit the application. This will also have to be endorsed by the NHS Trust authorising officer. A grant request of £25,000 or more must also be endorsed by the Chief Executive Officer of the NHS organisation.

You can make a difference – fast! You can apply at any time, there are no deadlines and we aim to give you a decision on your application within a couple of weeks. If applying for a grant to support  training or education we recommend you apply at least 12 weeks before the course date.


Reporting on the progress of your project is crucial. As well as allowing us to see the positive changes you’ve made, it helps us in communicating the impact of the projects we fund – vital in enabling our supporters to see the difference we make to patients’ lives.