Supporting a better future for people with visible difference

Welcome to the VTCT Foundation

We are an independent grant making charitable foundation working to improve the lives of those living with a visible difference through funding a wide range of both basic science and clinical research and service provision. We also host and support a network of individuals and the field called The Appearance Collective with the aim of fostering better collaboration, reducing duplication and increasing impact.

All VTCT Foundation funding programmes are specifically aimed at projects, interventions or research that aim to improve the lives of people who have visible difference. This means people who might have a scar, mark, or condition on their face or body that makes them look different. This can be something they are born with (congenital) or something that occurs or develops during their life.

The VTCT Foundation was established in 2014 following a one-off gift from VTCT, a specialist awarding and assessment organisation offering vocational and technical qualifications in a range of service sectors. Two major multi year grants were made in 2015 and 2016 to the Scar Free Foundation and Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) respectively. Since then we have funded over 36 organisations through our major and small grants programme and through themed funding programmes.  We also run a Career Development Programme which makes awards for PhD students and Research Fellowships.


What We Fund

Appearance Collective

What’s Happening

17 November 2023

Developing Talent To Support Impactful Research

Developing Talent To Support Impactful Research In summer 2022, VTCT Foundation announced the first two award recipients of its new clinical fellowship funding stream; Cynthia de Courcey (working on behalf…
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1 November 2023

Bursary to members of the Appearance Collective

Bursary available from the VTCT Foundation to attend Appearance Matters Conference The VTCT Foundation is offering a bursary to members of the Appearance Collective to support them to attend the…
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1 November 2023

SAVE THE DATE! VTCT Foundation Showcase Event: 12th July 2024

VTCT Foundation Showcase Event: 12th July 2024 SAVE THE DATE! VTCT Foundation Showcase Event 12th July 2024 Toynbee Hall, London

As stated in our governing document our charitable objects are for the public benefit and are specifically restricted to the following:.

  1. The advancement of education, research and the public dissemination of knowledge in:
    a) the art and technology of health and beauty therapy;
    b) the skills and knowledge required for other vocational employments including those in the well-being, public and service industries;
    c) the impact and treatment of physical disfigurement and all kindred arts and sciences.
  2. The relief of sickness or poor health caused by physical disfigurement and the assistance of those with physical disfigurements, and their families and carers, to overcome any social, physical, psychological, emotional or other disadvantage.