Wellbeing grants

What are wellbeing grants?

The purpose of the Wellbeing Grants is to encourage local initiatives aimed at improving health and wellbeing of police officers and staff.

It is hoped the outcome of this fund will be to:

  1. To improve the understanding of how physical health impacts mental health
  2. To increase understanding of mental health issues amongst police officers and staff
  3. Increase number of different services available that support officers’ and staff wellbeing

The maximum amount which may be awarded is £3,000. Applications for smaller amounts are encouraged.

All awards will be made on merit. In the event of more than 1 application per force area being submitted it is unlikely that more than 1 grant will be awarded.

Limited funding is available and therefore applicants are encouraged to clearly state the need for the funding, the anticipated benefits and how you will evidence the success of the initiative. All grants are awarded at the discretion of trustees.

Application deadlines

We assess wellbeing grants on a quarterly basis. The submission deadlines for 2018 are:

  • 31st May 2018
  • 31st August 2018
  • 30th November

There are no restrictions on the number of applications you can submit, but we will only fund a single project once.


There are three main types of project this fund will support, and we have produced some guidance on each of these.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications may be submitted by UK police forces only and need to be supported by a senior police officer (Superintendent or higher).

We will consider funding:

  • Staff costs (including sessional staff)
  • Volunteer costs
  • Equipment
  • Training courses
  • Events to support the wellbeing of police officers and staff (excluding travel costs of beneficiaries)
  • Refurbishment of facilities which are clearly demonstrated to contribute to the health and wellbeing of officers and staff

We will NOT consider funding:

  • Core or ongoing running costs
  • Overhead allocations
  • Costs of undertaking a Workplace Wellbeing Charter gap analysis
  • Capital works that add value to a publicly owned asset (eg force estate)
  • Statutory responsibilities
  • Overseas travel expenses
  • Personal debts
  • Grants to individuals
  • Legal costs
  • Redundancy payments

The Board of Trustees will be looking for, but not limited to, the following aspects of a grant proposal:

  • The originality of the idea and strength of the project concept
  • The potential impact the project will have on police officers and staff
  • The feasibility of the project and quality of the project management
  • Whether the project offers value for money
  • The evaluation plans and how any learning gained might be shared for the benefit of the wider police family

Anyone within your force can submit the application, but it must be signed off by a senior officer (Superintendent rank or higher) before it is submitted. Incomplete forms without the necessary authorisation will be rejected.

Recently funded projects

Police Scotland gets double wellbeing package

The nest opens in Paisley, finally solving the problem of no space for officers and staff to process stressful events, or be privately debriefed.

Are you getting enough?

Police in Staffordshire are now better equipped to tackle sleep deprivation thanks to a sleep awareness project funded by the Police Dependants’ Trust.

Backup Buddy launched in Surrey & Sussex

Police Dependants’ Trust grant funds new app supporting positive mental health.

Mental health training in Greater Manchester

Over 900 police officers have received training in stress management after attending wellness seminars funded by the Police Dependants’ Trust.

Lancashire police contemplation room opens for stressed officers

Funded by a wellbeing grant from the Police Dependants Trust thanks to an application from PC Tim Dodgson

Apply for funding

Simply complete this form and someone will be in contact (if you cannot see this form, click here to open in a new window). If your project is a suitable one, we will send you a full application form which needs to be signed off by a Senior Officer.

If your initial enquiry is approved, you will receive an application to complete. This will need to be signed off by a senior officer (Superintendent rank or higher).