Media Release: Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation launches

THE Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation today launched a new £1.9 million grants programme designed to help improve the health of local people.

Innovative proposals are invited by the trustees of the Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation, the second largest NHS-linked charity in Scotland. Grants, made possible through the generosity of donors over many decades, will be available to successful applicants from April 2012. The Foundation will not fund services normally funded by the NHS or other statutory funding bodies.

Dr Charles Winstanley, chair of the Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation and Lothian NHS Board said: “The grants programme marks an exciting new chapter in the life and work of the Health Foundation. Trustees are confident that the grants programme will attract a wide range of high quality applications from established organisations for funds that will help improve people’s health.”

Jane Ferguson, who joined the Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation as director in April 2011, said: “Over the years, many thousands of people have benefited from the generous donations and bequests made to hospitals and healthcare across Edinburgh and the Lothian region. The Foundation is now positioning itself as an influential and strategic grantmaker with funds to make a big impact in the improvement of health of local people.”

The application form for the grants programme is on the NHS Lothian website at The closing date for funding applications for the 2012/13 Grants Programme is 31st January 2012.


Notes to Editors:

The Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation is the second largest NHS-linked charity in Scotland, with over £65m in assets and an annual income of over £5m, which helps fund additional services, facilities and research.

Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation is the new working name for the Lothian Health Board Endowment Fund, adopted following a recent strategic review and intended to better reflect the work of the charity.

Lothian Health Board is the corporate trustee of the Health Foundation, which is registered with the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator (OSCR) SC007342 and is statutorily authorised to receive and manage endowments/charitable funds for Lothian NHS Board. Non-executive members of Lothian NHS Board are appointed by Scottish Ministers and all board members are appointed ex-officio to the Foundation’s trustee board.

The trustee body is responsible for ensuring the proper management of the Foundation’s charitable funds, and trustees must meet the requirements of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

The £1.9m grant programme’s funding is made possible thanks to the investment of historic endowments; ‘restricted’ donations are not included in this total. The Foundation’s assets also comprise around 800 separate funds, linked to specific wards, departments, hospital sites and research programmes across NHS Lothian.

Issued: 6 December 2011

Clifford Burden

Communications manager

0131 465 5651

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