The government launched the application process for the Community Automated External Defibrillators (AED) fund yesterday, Friday 29 September.
Community organisations can now apply for a grant to fund a life-saving defibrillator for their local area. Applications for funding can be made by following this link:
Backed by £1 million of government funding, the defibrillator grant will provide at least 1,000 new defibrillators for community spaces across England. Each new defibrillator will be externally mounted to enable 24 hour access by members of the public.
Defibrillators provide vital treatment, with latest research showing that use of these devices within three to five minutes of a cardiac arrest increases the chance of survival by over 40%.
To receive funding, community organisations will be asked to demonstrate defibrillators will be placed in areas where they are most needed, such as rural areas, places with high footfall or spaces for vulnerable people. Examples include town halls, community centres, local shops, post offices and local parks, as these spaces ensure that defibrillators are evenly spread throughout communities and easily accessible if someone is experiencing an unexpected cardiac arrest.
Torbay MP Kevin Foster said: “Defibrillators save lives. It is therefore vital we have them available across our bay and accessible 24/7. I am grateful to those groups, including churches, community centres, post offices and social clubs which already host a Defibrillator in our bay and hope others will take this chance to apply for funding to join them.”
The funding is part of the Government’s drive to equip the health system with the right technology to help save lives.
Applications for funding will be submitted to Smarter Society and the London Hearts Charity, who have been jointly chosen to manage the grant funding as they will bring industry knowledge of defibrillators and an understanding of where they should be installed. They have designed engagement and application processes to appeal to a wide and diverse audience.
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