Small Acorns Fund

Small Acorns Fund

This fund gives front-line staff the chance to apply for funding to fast-track smaller scale projects that will have a big impact and benefit to patients. Until recently, The National Brain Appeal has mainly supported major capital projects at Queen Square with long lead times.

Previous successful projects have included Mindfulness Training to help staff teach their patients how to manage neuropathic pain; comfy, adaptive clothing for patients with reduced mobility; and mobile arm supports for the neurorehab unit to aid those affected by a stroke. These might be small changes, but the difference they can make to people’s lives are enormous.

Our aim is to raise £30,000 a year so we can respond effectively and quickly to projects ranging from £500 to £5,000 put forward by staff at The National Hospital and The Institute of Neurology. 

Read our leaflet for more about the fund and how it has helped patients in Queen Square.


Staff applications

This fund is open to staff at The National Hospital and The Institute of Neurology. We always love to hear from staff from all departments who have a small project idea that
they believe will bring benefit to neurological patients. 

The Small Acorns committee meets twice a year and has two rounds – in spring and in autumn.

We fund projects ranging from £500 to £5,000. Each year, we will also consider making one
exceptional grant of £10,000. Since The Small Acorns Fund was launched in 2013, The National Brain Appeal has awarded more than £200,000 for 70 projects.

You can read the FAQs and then apply using our PDF form which you can download, edit and return to us.

If you have any questions, please email our Governance & Charitable Projects Liaisons Officer, Kim Heron.










































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