Questions from Donors
How much do you raise each year?
The Foundation’s income is around £5 million each year, just under half of which is received in donations, legacies and grants
How do I donate directly to the staff?
NHS employees are not permitted to accept cash gifts. However, donations made to most ward funds can be spent on, among other things, staff development and welfare. See the searchable Funds Directory on this website for more details.
How do I know that the money I donate will be used as intended?
An interesting feature of the Foundation is our many Specific Funds. These are separate funds which enable supporters to donate specifically to the ward, department, hospital, or research area of their choice. See the searchable Funds Directory for more details.
Can I set up a Direct Debit or Standing Order to make a regular donation to a specific fund?
We aren’t currently able to set up Direct Debits, but you can donate regularly via a Standing Order. Please email our office for details.
Do you have a printable Gift Aid form?
Do you have printable sponsorship forms?
What is your Complaints Policy and related Procedure?
Please see our related policy and procedure document.
How do you collect, use and store data received?
Please see our related policy.
Questions from Fund Stewards
Can I use Specific Funds to give staff a Christmas party?
It is possible to contribute towards a staff Christmas party from some Specific Funds. However, there are certain conditions for the contribution. Please access the steward’s area of the website to read the Operating Instructions for details.
Why does some expenditure from Specific Funds require approval by a committee?
The Trustees are ultimately responsible for the management of all charitable funds, and the remit of the Funds Advisory Committee includes the oversight of the Specific Funds. This includes income, expenditure requests over a £5k threshold, spending plans for legacies and changes to the funds.
Questions from Grant Seekers
What do you fund?
The Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation aims to improve the physical and mental health of the people of Scotland, in particular in Edinburgh and the Lothians. It provides funding and makes grants to support projects and initiatives not normally funded by the health service.
Information about what we fund, and full guidelines for potential applicants are available on the Grants section of this website.
The searchable Grants Directory on this website lists all our previously funded projects.
What grant programmes can I apply to?
Whilst we have different elements to our overall grants programme, currently the only open grants programme is our Small Grants programme for which applicants need to be NHS Lothian staff or GP practice employed staff.
Are there submission deadlines for applications?
Deadlines for submissions to the Small Grants programme are available on the webpage.
What are the key areas of the application form to focus on?
Details of our assessment process and scoring mechanism are available on the Grants section of this website however if you wish to discuss a particular idea further please contact our Grants Manager or e-mail the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who do I contact for more information or if I wish to discuss my proposal?
For further detailed information on our grants programme, please contact our Grants Manager.
Can I submit my application by post?
We accept online and paper applications to the Small Grants programme so please contact the Grants Manager if you would like some copies of the paper based form.
When do I find out if I have been awarded a grant?
The Small Grants assessment team meeting around a month after the submission deadlines so we will inform applicants of funding decisions soon after that.
My grant request has been turned down. How do I receive feedback on my application?
For all those not awarded Small Grants funding, the letter we send you will include relevant feedback, this feedback is intended to help unsuccessful applicants with future funding applications. Please contact our Grants Manager.
Where can I find examples of projects that have received funding?
Our searchable grants database includes all grants made by the Foundation.