The 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”.

Trustees have agreed a five-year cycle running April 2017 to March 2023, of open-grant making annually focusing on (in terms of order):

  1. East Lothian Community Hospital – strategy now approved and available
  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, trustees have agreed to develop three programmes of strategic significance: Arts in Health and Wellbeing (continuing its ground breaking work), “Volunteering Well”, and “Gardening for Health”. Each of these will be underpinned by a five-year strategy, with specific outcomes.

The Foundation will more than double its 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 the Foundation is rolling 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.

Trustees have also agreed 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 the Foundation’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic, additional funding is also available through the COVID-19 Response Fund. This fund is for projects that support the physical and emotional wellbeing of staff and patients across Edinburgh and the Lothians as they deal with the lasting effects of this global health crisis.

For further information please contact our Grants Manager via email