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Swale Borough Council - Defibrillator Grants

The defibrillator grants are a funding opportunity to support communities installing defibrillators for public use. Applications are welcomed to buy and install a defibrillator in a public place, for the local community. The funding scheme is now open, from Monday 20 September, 2021 to Monday 31 January, 2022.

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Community (Sport and Physical Activity) Officer

About Swale Borough Council - Defibrillator Grants

Communities can play a big part in creating a nation of life savers. For every minute someone is in cardiac arrest without CPR and access to a defibrillator, their chances of survival drops by up to 10%. Having a public access defibrillator (PAD) available in an emergency can be life saving, especially in rural areas where ambulance response times may be longer.

Swale Borough Council has allocated £20,250 in grant funding to support its communities in purchasing defibrillators that can be accessed by its residents and help save lives. A grant of up to £750 per application will be provided to applicants that can demonstrate all requirements outlined below can be met.

Once you have completed the application the form should be submitted to Swale Borough Council for assessment. Successful applicants will be notified 3 weeks after submission, (subject to meeting all grant conditions), and payment will be made within 30 days from receipt of the completed grant acceptance form.

Who can apply for funding? (refers to Status of your organisation) • Unincorporated associations such as community groups; • Incorporated organisations such as registered charities; • Companies limited by guarantee and • Social enterprises. • Other (a full explanation needs to be given on the application form) Voluntary and community groups can apply if they have: • A governing document that has as a minimum the name, aim/purpose, objects, a dissolution clause, for the organisation, a list of Trustee/committee members and Trustee/committee member signatures. This can be known as a Constitution or Terms of Reference, please contact the office if you are unsure; • A bank or building society account in the organisation's name; • Up-to-date annual accounts (for groups over 12 months old), or a 12 month cash-flow forecast for new organisations.

What can the grant be used for? The fund is to the purchase of public access defibrillators only. This can include the purchase of suitable cabinets to enable existing defibrillators to be located in publicly accessible locations. The fund cannot be used to support any other activities or projects.

What are the Criteria? The defibrillator must be being located in a public place and be accessible at all times by members of the public. The applying body must have a nominated person responsible for maintaining the defibrillator and ensuring all ongoing maintenance and storage requirements are kept up to date. The defibrillator must be purchased and installed by the end of March 2022. Priority for funding will be given to areas that have the furthest distance to travel before finding a public access defibrillator. It is recommended that the defibrillator be publicly advertised and registered on a central database of public access defibrillators with local ambulance services to maximise awareness

A Defibrillator Grant Report Form must be completed for each grant that Swale Borough Council award for monitoring and audit purposes.

Details, guidance notes and application via the more information link.

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