Peter Sowerby Foundation

The Peter Sowerby Foundation was established in 2011 to direct the personal wealth of Dr Peter Sowerby as grants to organisations that met the philanthropic objectives of Peter and his wife, Ann. The Foundation awards grants in the areas of healthcare innovation; education & learning; and, community & the environment.

Open Call: Increasing Access Fund

We are pleased to announce an Open Call for applications to our new Increasing Access Fund. The Increasing Access Fund is designed to support charities to develop new, or adapt existing, services that respond to the COVID-19 situation to meet local and national needs. 
The Fund is aimed specifically at ensuring or increasing access to key services and activities for beneficiaries who have struggled with access due to COVID-19.  The Fund will support charities to digitally enable access to services, or to adapt their delivery of existing services to comply with social distancing or other Covid-response measures.
The Fund will award a total of £1.4 million to organisations nationally, working within our key domains of: 

  • Healthcare Innovation 
  • Community
  • Environment 
  • Arts

Expressions of Interest are invited from now until 5.00pm on Monday 16th November 2020.


Whilst the Foundation has already made significant gifts to organisations in response to the COVID-19 crisis, we recognise the need for further support. As such, we are delighted to announce a further £1.4 million to support organisations to launch new or adapt existing services to ensure that beneficiaries can access the vital support they need at this time.
DAVID ASPINALL, Chair of Trustees

Our grants

Peter Sowerby Foundation 
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of interest to 
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Healthcare innovation

Community and environment

Learning and education

Our grants process

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications for grants. Instead, it actively solicits applications from charities, community groups and registered healthcare providers for projects which meet the trustees’ priorities. 

However, from time to time the Trustees issue Open Calls for expressions of interest in the Foundation’s Healthcare Breakthrough Fund. The opportunity to respond to the Open Call is announced on the Foundation’s website, and while there is no fixed timing for these, it is anticipated that they will be made at least on an annual basis. If you would like to be notified of the next Open Call for the Health Breakthrough Fund, please register your contact details below. 


For further details of the grants we have made, please see our grants section.

In 2019 the Peter Sowerby Foundation made a grant of £338,300; the largest grant in the history of Target Ovarian Cancer. This transformational funding is to address regional variation in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. This project will help to ensure that all women receive the earliest possible diagnosis of ovarian cancer, and the best possible chance of survival, wherever they live.
Target Ovarian Cancer
At present over 100,000 people in the UK live with MS, part of a worldwide community of over 2.3 million people who live with this relentless, painful and disabling condition. Despite these numbers, MS is too often overlooked by governments. That is why support from funders like the Peter Sowerby Foundation is crucial if effective treatments are to be found. The Foundation is currently funding ground-breaking preliminary research. This research has resulted in greater insight into MS, enabling further investigations into new transformative treatments, and potentially benefiting the lives of thousands of people diagnosed with MS in the near future.
MS Society