Apply for a public access defibrillator

We have helped fund over 14,000 defibrillators in the UK

After calling 999, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and having access to a defibrillator is the best way to help someone who’s had a cardiac arrest.

We are now welcoming applications for our Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) and Call Push Rescue training kit community package.

With this package you can train your community in the skills needed to save the life of anyone who suffers an out of hospital cardiac arrest.

Who can apply for funding?

We can only award funding to applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • the defibrillator will be freely accessible to the public 24/7 and it will be placed externally in an unlocked and un-coded cabinet
  • there is a clear need for the device (e.g. a high footfall or a rural location)
  • there is a commitment to train the local community using the CPR training kit provided.

If your application is successful you’ll be required to provide a donation of £600 towards the cost of the PAD. Please don't begin to fundraise until your application has been approved as applications are sometimes declined.

Unfortunately we’re unable to provide funding to the following groups:

  • GP surgeries
  • dental practices
  • schools and colleges
  • military organisations
  • police forces
  • private or commercial companies
  • Community First Responders (unless they are applying for a public access defibrillator in their local community).

Only one defibrillator per organisation will be considered for funding and replacement defibrillators will not be funded.

What you’ll receive

Defibrillator models

If your application for funding is successful you’ll receive a PAD. The models available are:

  • iPAD SP1
  • ZOLL AED Plus.

We’re unable to provide cabinets to store PADs. Please see our full statement on cabinets in our Guide to Defibrillators.

We’ll also provide you with our Call Push Rescue training kit. This contains equipment to train up to 10 people at a time in life saving CPR skills. Training is delivered by watching our educational film and sessions take around 30 minutes.

Making an application

Before making your application please contact your local NHS ambulance service if you would like advice on a suitable model, location, cabinet for the PAD and future training. The Scottish Ambulance Service and Welsh Ambulance Service can also be contacted for advice in these nations.

If you meet the necessary criteria you can make a community package application. All awards are made on a first come, first served basis.


For any questions about funding please contact us on 0131 561 3363 or email us.

Other ways to get equipment

Secondary schools are eligible to apply for our free Call Push Rescue training kit to teach students life saving skills.

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