The Government has announced it is making a further £721,000 available to support new children hospices in England. This is in addition to the existing annual revenue grant of £10m that is available to 40 children’s hospices in England.
Eligible hospices for the new grant should be voluntary sector organisations that are providing children’s hospice and hospice at home services to children and young people between 0-19 years old.
The new grant, which begins this financial year, will support new children hospices to make hospice care available locally, that meets with the Government’s policy for choice of high-quality child and family-centred services.
The Government is committed to a fairer and more transparent system of funding palliative care for both children and adults It committed to continuing the annual revenue stream to children’s hospices until a new per patient funding system is in place. Work has begun to collect the information and cost data needed to introduce a new palliative care funding system in 2015.
The closing date for applications for the new grant is 16 September, 2012.