Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation announces £1.8 million fund in major bid to improve health

The Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation today (Friday 23rd November) launches its second annual Grants Programme, with a £1.8 million fund designed to create “a healthier future for the people of Scotland.”

Following the success of last year’s Grants Programme, the Foundation’s trustees are once again inviting innovative proposals that seek to improve the health of local people.

Grants, made possible through the generosity of donors over many decades, will be available to successful applicants from April 2013. The Foundation will not fund services normally funded by the state, or projects which do not benefit the people of Scotland.

Last year’s projects included a £25,000 grant to Music in Hospitals, which provided over 200 live music performances in NHS hospitals and continuing care units across the Lothians. Linda Ferrier, Senior Charge Nurse at Midlothian Community Hospital, said: “Patients, visitors and staff enjoyed the music very much. The best response was from a gentleman who sang along with the band. He has not shown any interest for years.” 

Jane Ferguson, Foundation Director, said: “We were delighted at the response to our inaugural Grants Programme last year: a very wide range of high quality projects was supported. The Foundation is now positioned as an influential charity with the capacity to make a big impact in the improvement of health of the people of Scotland.

“However the demand for such funding is high, giving the trustees the opportunity of looking to work in partnership with other charities and funders: there is clearly a lot more that can be done.”

Details of the Grants Programme and how to apply are available on the NHS Lothian website at www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/WorkingWithUs/GetInvolved/HealthFoundation.   The closing date for funding applications for the 2013/14 Grants Programme is 31st January 2012.

Notes to Editors:

The Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation is the second largest NHS-linked charity in Scotland, with around £65m in assets and an annual income of over £5m, which helps fund additional services, facilities and research.

Lothian Health Board is the corporate trustee of the Health Foundation, which is registered with the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator (OSCR) SC007342 and is statutorily authorised to receive and manage endowments / charitable funds for Lothian NHS Board.  Non Executive members of Lothian NHS Board are appointed by Scottish Ministers and all board members are appointed ex-officio to the Foundation’s trustee board.

The trustee body is responsible for ensuring the proper management of the Foundation’s charitable funds, and trustees must meet the requirements of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

This year’s £1.8m Grant Programme funding is made possible thanks to the investment of historic endowments; “Restricted” donations are not included in this total. The Foundation’s assets also comprise around 800 separate funds, linked to specific wards, departments, hospital sites and research programmes across NHS Lothian.

For further information about the Grants Programme, please e-mail Jane Ferguson, Foundation Director, at jane.ferguson@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk