Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation has a five-year grants strategy for 2017 – 2022, promoting healthier, longer lives for the people of Lothian. The strategy will focus on three broad thematic priorities of: improving the patient and carer experience, supporting and developing NHS Lothian staff, and supporting “Healthier Communities”.

We have agreed with Trustees on a five-year cycle running April 2017 to March 2023, of open grant-making annually, focusing on:

  1. East Lothian Community Hospital – You can read the Strategy here
  2. Older People Living Well – funding for the Jardine Clinic and rolling out Care Assurance Standards in community settings
  3. The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
  4. Healthier Communities
  5. Children and Young People

Specifically, we have agreed to develop three programmes of strategic significance: Arts in Health and Wellbeing (continuing its groundbreaking work), “Volunteering Well”, and Greenspace and Health. Each of these will be underpinned by a five-year strategy, with specific outcomes.

We have more than doubled our Small Grants Programme, awarding £200,000 annually to projects that have a clear and direct benefit to NHS Lothian patients in both acute and community health services.

In addition we have rolled out a Hardship Grant scheme to support carers from across Scotland of patients being supported by NHS Lothian, who are suffering acute financial difficulty with funding for specific costs.

We will to continue to support both the Elsie Inglis Development Awards and Celebrating Success, which support the education and development of NHS staff.

As part of our emergency response to the Coronavirus pandemic, additional funding was made available through our COVID-19 Response fund. We are now transitioning this support back into our mainstream activities, recognising the ongoing needs of staff and patients beyond this emergency response and continuing to be there to support improved the health and wellbeing of people across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

For further information, and advice and guidance on the support available, please contact our Grants Manager, Owen Siddalls or follow the links down the left hand side.