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Community Automated External Defibrillators Fund

Fund Information

Funding body: Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
Maximum value: Discretionary
Application deadline: None specified


The £1 million Community Automated External Defibrillators Fund is provided by the Department of Health and Social Care.

The department will invest the funding through an independent partner, drawn from the government’s Crown Commercial Service list of approved suppliers, to manage grant applications from bidding organisations.

Objectives of Fund

The funding is expected to provide an estimated 1,000 new defibrillators in community spaces across England.

This could include town halls, community centres, local shops, post offices and local parks, to ensure that defibrillators are evenly spread throughout communities and easily accessible if someone is experiencing an unexpected cardiac arrest.

Value Notes

A total of £1 million is being made available.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is required.

Who Can Apply

Local community organisations, such as sports clubs, local theatres, community halls, etc., may register their interest now.

To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate that defibrillators will be placed in areas where they are most needed, such as places with high footfall, vulnerable people, rural areas or due to the nature of activity at the site.



How To Apply

To accelerate the administration of the grant in advance of the partner being chosen, prospective organisations who wish to obtain funding for a defibrillator are now invited to register an expression of interest with the Department of Health and Social Care.

Organisations who submit an expression of interest will be notified once grant applications open.

Useful links

GOV.UK Press Release for £1 million Defibrillator Fund

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
Richmond House
79 Whitehall

Tel: 020 7210 4850

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