Genetic Disorders UK fund

6th September 2019

Genetic Disorders UK is a national charity with a vision to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by genetic disorders in the UK.

Genetic Disorders UK organises the annual Jeans for Genes Day fundraising event, when children and adults are encouraged to wear their jeans to school or to work on a specific day in exchange for a small donation. Monies raised on Jeans for Genes Day fund the work of Genetic Disorders UK and are distributed within the genetic disorder community through an income share scheme and by means of grants approved by an independent panel.

Applications are invited for grants up to a maximum amount of £5,000 from registered charities or members of the UK Genetic Disorders Partnership Network.

Projects must benefit children (age 18 or under) affected by a genetic disorder.

Genetic Disorders UK defines a genetic disorder as one that is caused by a single gene mutation or chromosome alteration. Though some complex health conditions have a genetic component, the funder does not consider these to be genetic disorders for the purposes of this grant programme.

For clarity, the following conditions are NOT eligible for these grants:

  • autism
  • dyslexia
  • dyspraxia
  • diabetes
  • cerebral palsy
  • cancer, except for those types of cancers that are caused by a genetic disorder.

The funder regards their grant programme as an opportunity to create a partnership with the charities and patient groups that receive a grant. Successful applicants are asked to support publication of the Jeans for Genes Day Grant Programme as a condition of receiving the grant..


Deadline is 30th September 2019.

For more information and to apply click here.