DHSC Community Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Fund

The government is inviting community organisations to bid for funding for an automated external debrillator (AED) for their area.

£1 million fund to increase the number of AED’s in public places where they are most needed.

Funding will provide an estimated 2000 new defibrillators in community spaces accross England.

Organisations accross England are invited to bid for a share of £1 million of government funding to buy life-saving defibrillators for community spaces like town halls, local parks or post offices.The DHSC Community Automated External Defibrillator (AED) fund will support provision of 2000 AED’s. These will be distributed across England during 2023-2024, supporting any organisation based in England that is not eligible for the current Department of Education AED programme.The funding for the scheme is based on a first come first served basis.The funding will be allocated on the following basis:

100 applications will be selected by DHSC to receive a fully funded AED – selection is based on areas that are most in need of AED throughout England. Applicants will be advised in mid October and units shipped in mid November.

1900 applications will receive partial DHSC funding for an AED – organisations will be required to provide their own match funding of c.£750.

If you would like to progress your grant fund application immediately or start raising funding, then please drop us a mail at


To qualify you must:

  • Be based in England
  • Not be an organisation that is eligible for the Department of Education scheme e.g. a school

To be eligible for a funded defibrillator you must also:

  • Locate the secure defibrillator cabinet outside in an area that is accessible to members of the public 24 hours per day.
  • Be able to provide an electrical power source to ensure the defibrillator cabinet light and heater operate to keep the device at the right temperature.
  • Provide match funding for your applicatio (c. £750). DHSC will select 100 applications that will be fully funded based on the areas most in need which will be announced in mid October 2023.

More information and how to apply can be found here

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