Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation makes available £1.8m through its Grants Programme 2013

The Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation is making available funding worth £1.8 million through its Grants Programme 2013/2014 to create “a healthier future for the people of Scotland.”

Foundation trustees aim to attract applications to fund innovative proposals that seek to improve people’s health. Details of the Programme and how to apply for grants are available on the NHS Lothian website at www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/WorkingWithUs/GetInvolved/HealthFoundation.​

The Grants Programme was launched on 23 November and the closing date for funding applications is 31st January 2013.

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 inaugural Grants Programme attracted a very wide range of high quality projects, including 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, who previously had not shown any interest for years.” 
Jane Ferguson, Foundation Director, said: “We were delighted at the response to our inaugural Grants Programme. 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.”

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