Grant Processing Guidelines

What we want to fund

The Get A-Head Charitable Trust supports projects and activities that will benefit those who suffer from head and neck disease, and where support is not available through public funding.


Our objective is to directly help improve the quality of life for those who suffer from head and neck diseases, and their carers. We feel this can be done by funding four main areas:

1) Equipment – Many of the larger or more specialised pieces of equipment just cannot be funded by the NHS, so this is where Get A-Head can help.

2) Research – Unless we can understand how a disease works at its most basic level, it’s difficult to develop new treatments. Sometimes these developments are time-consuming and expensive. This is where we can help, by funding specialist research fellowships into thyroid cancer and other head and neck conditions and supporting the consumable costs.

3) Education – Sharing information via lecturing on relevant courses, production of editorials and reviews in associated medical journals, and assisting specialist training for nurses and other healthcare professionals – these are all areas where Get A-Head is keen to assist with continued funding.

4) Complementary Therapy – We fund an innovative complementary therapy service that helps those undergoing traditional medical treatments for cancer and related conditions.

Funding is given to areas such as:

  • State-of-the-art equipment that is above NHS provision
  • Research
  • Improvements to the patient experience
  • Training and development for healthcare professionals

What we cannot fund:

  • Projects that are normally funded by the NHS
  • Projects that are undertaken outside England & Wales
  • Projects that are not related to head and neck disease – we cannot fund research into brain injury or disease
  • Individual awards for living expenses, hardship payments, etc.

How to apply

To apply for a grant, download the application form below and complete it, ensuring the following is included:

  • how much you are applying for
  • what this will pay for, the need you have identified and how this fills it
  • how this fulfils the charity’s criteria outline above
  • confirmation that this is not funded by the NHS
  • how you intend to measure the outcomes and effects of the project
  • an outline budget, including funding to be received from any other source(s)
  • your timeframe

How the application will be processed

  1. Applications can be made at any time of year through the website only.
  2. Applications will be acknowledged within three weeks of receipt and the applicant will be informed of the date of the trustees’ meeting at which the application will be considered.
  3. If the application is ineligible, a letter of rejection will be sent. If there is insufficient information for the trustees to consider the application, you will be advised, and the onus will be on you to provide the information in good time.
  4. Incomplete applications will not be considered
  5. The trustees meet four times a year and applications are normally considered at the next meeting following submission.
  6. In certain circumstances applications of up to £5000 can be considered outside of a trustees’ meeting. However, this is at the discretion of the trustees and should not be expected.
  7. Grant applications over £50k for research will be peer reviewed. Where there is a conflict of interest, all applications will be peer reviewed.
  8. Applicants will be notified, in writing, of the result of their application within two weeks of the trustees’ meeting at which the application was considered.
  9. Successful applicants will be expected to provide an evaluation report following the award of the grant, outlining the outcomes. Details of what will be required will be advised to the successful applicants.
  10. Successful applicants will be expected to be involved in PR for Get A-Head around the award of the grant and outcomes.