Dame Caroline Dinenage, Member of Parliament for the Gosport constituency. Has welcomed that the government have launched the application process for the Community Automated External Defibrillators (AED) fund. Community organisations can now apply for a grant to fund a life-saving defibrillator for their local area. Applications for funding can be made here.

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 that 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.

The funding is part of our 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.

Welcoming the announcement, Caroline said: 

“This new funding is great news to make defibrillators more accessible in our community. For those who suffer a heart attack, defibrillators drastically increase the chance of survival, by up to 40%.

Making defibrillators as accessible and readily-available as possible will mean that lives will be saved. I am encouraging all community organisations to apply for the Community Automated External Defibrillators Fund”