Notes to editors
1. For more details about this press release, contact the King's Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585, or 07831 554927.
2. For more information about Partners for Health in London, including the process of making an application, please visit the King's Fund website at www.kingsfund.org.uk, or contact a member of the funding and development team on 0207 307 2466.
3. The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through funding. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership development programmes; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.
4. Partners for Health in London replaces the King's Fund's small and development grants programmes. It will target areas in which health needs remain unmet in the capital and make the King’s Fund a more active partner with the organisations it funds.
5. In the first instance, applications for awards are being sought in three areas: improving end of life care; promoting better sexual health; and developing advocacy services for people with mental health problems.
6. Awards will range from a minimum of £5,000 to a maximum of £150,000 for up to three years (statutory bodies will be expected to find match funding). The first call for applications will be made this autumn and the King's Fund expects to start working with the first cohort of partners in January 2006.
7. A fourth strand of work, developing the role of complementary therapies as part of wider health improvement, will be launched this autumn, and is expected to focus on research.