British Heart Foundation /Apply for a free defibrillator /28 February 2024

Grants available: BHF-funded defibrillator

District: UK

Application closes: 28 February 2024

Who is the funding for: UK-based community groups

Link: Defibrillator funding for your local community – BHF


A limited number of funded defibrillators are available in each annual funding cycle. Applications will be reviewed monthly against a set of criteria so awards can be made to communities that need them most. Areas prioritised include those with fewer registered defibrillators and communities where local health needs indicate a higher risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

What’s included in the award package

      • a defibrillator, complete with pads and kit accessories
      • a cabinet (if awarded, this must be kept unlocked and uncoded)
      • replacement pads and batteries when required (when they expire or are used with the defibrillator)
      • resources for RevivR online CPR training.

If you’re unable to install the cabinet yourself or with the help from your local community, this may be offered as part of the package.

Before you apply, please read on to see if your organisation is eligible.

Who can apply

You must be applying on behalf of a community group. Some examples of groups we accept are:

    • church organisations and other places of worship
    • social clubs
    • parish councils
    • local social enterprise organisations
    • community centres.

Conditions for applying

To be eligible for a free, BHF-funded defibrillator, you must:

  • keep the defibrillator in the provided cabinet, unlocked and uncoded so that it’s accessible to the public 24 hours a day
  • make sure that the cabinet has a constant electricity supply so that the defibrillator stays at the right temperature in cold weather and is visible in the dark
  • have a clear need for the device (for example, be in a busy location, or where a public access defibrillator (PAD) is not within 200 metres)
  • have authorisation from the property owner to install the
  • register the defibrillator on The Circuit (the national defibrillator network) within 4 weeks of installation
  • be committed to promoting BHF’s free online RevivR CPR training in your community with the resources provided.

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