Apply for defibrillator for community first responder schemes

A high energy electric shock, given to the heart in some types of cardiac arrest, may restore a more stable rhythm. 

This is called defibrillation, and it's an essential lifesaving step in the chain of survival.

Our Nation of Lifesavers Community Package teaches cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills and provides public access defibrillators (PADs) where they are needed most.

The Kit

The Community Package provides a Call Push Rescue Training Kit, containing enough equipment to train 10 people at a time. Anyone can watch and learn how to do CPR in under 30 minutes. All you need is the means to watch the educational film either on a DVD or online and some space to practise.  

The Community Package also provides a PAD. The models available are the iPAD SP1 or the ZOLL AED Plus.

We don’t provide cabinets or other defibrillator housing but all BHF-funded defibrillators must be freely accessible and not kept in a locked or key-coded cabinet.  Please see our full statement on cabinets on page 13 of our Guide to Defibrillators.

Who we fund

Part-funding is available to community organisations such as sports clubs, village halls and community centres. GP surgeries, dental practices, schools and colleges or commercial organisations are not eligible to apply.

Successful applications must demonstrate:

  • That the defibrillator will be accessible to the public, preferably 24/7
  • A commitment to train the local community in CPR
  • A clear need for the device such as a high footfall or a rural location

Replacement defibrillators will not be funded.

We require a donation of £400 towards the cost of the PAD in each community package.

Please don't begin to fundraise until your application has been approved as applications are sometimes declined. If you're an individual who would like to apply for a community package in your area, please call 0300 330 3322*.

We also provide defibrillator only part-funding for community first responders; volunteers who provide support to 999 calls in their area.

How to apply

Applications for a Nation of Lifesavers Community Package must be made online. The local NHS ambulance service will need to approve your form before it can be submitted for consideration by the BHF. This is done as part of the online application process.

All awards are made on a first come, first served basis.

Apply for a Community Package

It's also a good idea to speak to your local NHS ambulance service for advice about obtaining an defibrillator. They can advise on suitable models, siting the unit, cabinets and brackets for the AED and any possible training. You can search for their contact details on the NHS Ambulance Trusts website. The Scottish Ambulance Service and Welsh Ambulance Service can also be contacted for advice in these nations.

Other ways to get equipment

We don't provide defibrillator funding for schools or colleges but if you are a secondary school or a college you can apply for the free Call Push Rescue Training Kit.

If you’re interested in making business a company of lifesavers, our corporate partnerships team would love to hear from you.