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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:

Building for the Future: Supporting a Legacy of Patient-Centred Care at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre

A Holistic Approach to Healing NHS Lothian Charity is delighted to have supported the teams at the Edinburgh Cancer Centre […]

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Transforming Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Rooms at East Lothian Community Hospital

NHS Lothian Charity has continued its programme of art and therapeutic design to improve patient experience at East Lothian Community […]

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Enhancing the Patient Experience at East Lothian Community Hospital

East Lothian Community Hospital holds a special place in the hearts of our community, providing vital care and support to […]

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Making a difference for children living with cancer

A special trip was organised for young people aged 13 to 18, who are undergoing treatment for cancer at the […]

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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, specialist 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, enriching experiences and enhancing environments through art and creativity.
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.