Air ambulance services are provided by 18 charitable organisations across England, with most of their resources supported by their own fundraising activities.
This new £10 million fund, provided by the Department of Health and Social Care, is intended to enable air ambulance charities to invest in new equipment and upgrade facilities to support them in providing vital services to patients across England, such as (this is not an exclusive list):
o Buying state-of-the-art medical equipment for critical care teams;
o Modernising helicopters and helipads;
o Increasing the number of missions flown or extending the hours services are available; and
o Expanding operational facilities to allow them to hire more highly skilled staff.
Each charity will be able to bid for up to £2 million of grant funding. Air ambulance charities will also be able to partner with NHS Trusts to make joint bids, for example to modernise helipads that are owned by the hospital trust.
Applications close on 8 March 2019 and funding will be allocated in April this year.
Information about how to apply can be found on the GOV.UK website.