PORT-ER grants

2018 Grant Theme: User engagement and participation in prosthetics and orthotics developments.

Closing Deadline on or before 5pm GMT Sunday 4 March 2018.

Micro grants £25 – £250.

Professionals and organisations: Our 2018 grant round is about encouraging professionals, services and designers to include prosthetics and orthotics service users in planning, improving or evaluation of developments (services, activities, support, advocacy or products).

Users: Our 2018 grants will also support prosthetic or orthotic user group meetings or social activities. Or perhaps a special meeting is called by an organisation locally, but you are an individual user having to fund your own engagement in that meeting. We would like to help you with that.

This year we are offering “mustard seed” micro grants ranging from £25 to £250. We hope that this will help to encourage small ideas and actions to grow – or simply help users to contribute to bigger projects. Sometimes development is hard to achieve without small costs for local travel or coffee being covered.

Applications are welcomed from the UK and any country. We would like to make at least one UK award. Other awards could be UK and/or international. Our application process is simple – we just need enough information from applicants so that we can make a decision! Please complete and submit an application form having read the Notes to Applicants.

Please visit our projects page to see our history of grant funding.

Grant Funding is available to applicants annually from PORT-ER subject to sufficient funds being available. The annual grant round will be announced each year on the PORT-ER website.

Grant applications will be judged by the Board of Trustees of PORT-ER in relation to how well they are able to meet the aims of the charity:

  1. to encourage safe standards of prosthetic and orthotic care to internationally recognised standards;
  2. to support the advancement of knowledge in prosthetics and orthotics by sharing information;
  3. to support innovation in prosthetics and orthotics.
  4. to provide funding to communities of patients/users to enhance patient/user education. (Note this must be users of external prosthetic limbs and/or users of orthoses for the limbs or spine).

Grants are normally awarded to a group or organisation in any country but may be awarded to individuals in the UK. Please note we do not offer grants to attend international conferences.

Previous grant recipients are welcome to apply.

Downloads are available at

Applications will be accepted until 5pm GMT on Sunday 04 March 2018.