DHSC’s Community Automated External Defibrillators Fund Opens for Applications

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The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is now accepting applications from local community organisation across England.

A total of £1 million is being made available. An estimated 2,000 new defibrillators will be funded.

The funding for the scheme is based on a ‘first come first served basis’.

The funding will be allocated on the following basis:

  • 100 applications will be selected by DHSC to receive a fully funded AED – selection is based on areas that are most in need of AED throughout England. Applicants will be advised in mid October and units shipped in mid November.
  • 1,900 applications will receive partial DHSC funding for an AED – organisations will be required to provide their own match funding of c.£750.

Local community organisations, such as sports clubs, local theatres, community halls, etc, can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be based in England.
  • Not be an organisation that is eligible for the Department of Education scheme, eg, a school.
  • Locate the secure defibrillator cabinet outside in an area that is accessible to members of the public 24 hours per day.
  • Be able to provide an electrical power source to ensure the defibrillator cabinet light and heater operate to keep the device at the right temperature.
  • Provide match funding for their application (c. £750).

The deadline for applications is 21 September 2024 (23:59) or until all the funding has been allocated, whichever comes first.

DHSC Community Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Fund – GOV-UK Find a grant (find-government-grants.service.gov.uk)