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Grants and Funding

We provide grants and funding across NHS Lothian to support the improvement of health and wellbeing across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

In 2022/23, we committed over £3.5m in charitable grants to support NHS Lothian staff, patients and visitors.

Here are some of the projects our funding has supported:

Climate Challenge Grants support reduction of single-use plastics across NHS Lothian

Thanks to funding from NHS Lothian Charity through their Climate Challenge Grants programme, NHS Lothian is rolling out the use […]

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Enhancing Breast Cancer Clinical Practice And Management Through Life-Saving Research

Biomarkers are molecules found in the blood that show signs of certain diseases or conditions. They can also be used […]

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Enhancing NHS Lothian’s Mental Health Support for Health and Care Staff During COVID-19

Thanks to donations to our NHS Lothian COVID-19 Appeal and grants from NHS Charities Together, we have helped to enhance […]

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Play Specialists at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People with Gaming Carts for patients

Gaming carts provide lifeline for children in hospital

For children who are staying in hospital, gaming can be an effective way to keep them entertained and connected to […]

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Supporting Life-Changing Research At The Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion

L-ORD – Late-Onset Retinal Degeneration Late-Onset Retinal Macular Degeneration (L-ORD) is an inherited retinal disease for which there is no […]

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Helping children deal with sudden and traumatic loss

The Critical Care Unit at the Royal of Infirmary Edinburgh deals with sudden and traumatic deaths which can present unique […]

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Find out more about the support available through our charity

Specific and Ward Funds

Every year we support colleagues across NHS Lothian to to improve the care and experience patients receive in our hospitals […]
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Small Grants

Sometimes the smallest change can make the biggest difference to a patient’s experience, maybe a relaxing waiting area, better equipment, […]

Climate Challenge Grants

Our Climate Challenge Grants will support you to take forward projects in your department, ward or area that put green […]
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The Elsie Inglis Staff Development Award

The Elsie Inglis Staff Development Award, often called ‘The Elsies’, is a charitable fund which seeks to support individual NHS […]

Did you know…

Our Tonic Arts team works with specialist organisations across the region to bring the healing power of arts to patients across NHS Lothian. Our programme of music, theatre, film, spoken word, storytelling and creative writing helps encourage creativity, reduce exclusion and assist social and personal development.

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In addition to our annual grants programme, we also support four strategic programmes. These include:

Strategic Programmes

Arts in Health

Tonic Arts is our award-winning Arts in Health Programme. In partnership with NHS Lothian, specialist arts organisations and cross-sector partners, […]
Community Garden at Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Green Health

We are increasingly recognising the important role of greenspace and green health activities on our health and wellbeing. In fact, […]
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Staff Wellbeing and Professional Development

We want NHS Lothian to have the best trained and supported staff across all healthcare roles. We want those who […]
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Our volunteers play an essential role in supporting patients and their loved ones during their time in hospital. Pointing visitors […]
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Got any questions

Get in touch to find out more about the different funding we provide and how we can support you to take forward ideas that will improve the health and wellbeing of patients and staff across NHS Lothian.