What we do for LMCs and General Practice

Fund Initiatives that Support Effective Functioning of LMCs

The LMC Development Grant Scheme

The purpose of this fund is to support the development and/or increase the effectiveness of LMCs (and therefore contribute to the effective support by LMCs to General Practice and GPs).

This is a fund for ‘projects’ over and above what might be considered to be ‘normal LMC business’ and not intended to fund recurring expenditure, and the scheme is focussed on providing Grants (not Loans or Investments) to LMCs.

It is planned that there will be two opportunities each year, to apply for funding – July (for award in October) and January (for award in March).

Collaboration between LMCs would be particularly welcome.

What GPDF is likely to fund

Issues of ‘widespread’ importance or benefit to LMCs (and therefore General Practice), where the results, outcomes, findings or experiences are transferable across a number of LMCs.

Developmental activity across a group or consortium of LMCs. (This could be a regional grouping or across multiple regional LMCs).

Activity, which when replicated across a number of LMCs, could increase efficiency, innovation or share good practice.

Activity fostering collaboration across LMCs, strengthening the LMC sector generally.

Projects over and above what GPDF considerers to be the normal business activity undertaken by LMCs.

What GPDF is unlikely to fund

Areas of activity which are within the remit of the BMA (inc GPCs)

Purely local activity which would be of benefit to only a single LMC and/or its local practices

Political activity

Subsidy to an LMC or individual practice experiencing financial challenges

Activity in GPDF view, which is within the scope of the majority of LMCs normal business activity, (except in highly exceptional circumstances).

How to Apply and Find out More

It is planned that there will be two opportunities to apply for funding each year – in July (for award in October) and January (for award in March).

Please download the LMC Development Grant Scheme Application form.

Applications will normally be reviewed by an Advisory Panel made up of individuals from LMCs, before being considered by GPDF Board. If you would like to be considered to join the assessment panel, contact mail@gpdf.org.uk (Note: Individuals will not be asked to review an application from their own LMC).

For the full details of the conditions of GPDF providing a Development Grant to an LMC please download the Deed of Grant document.

What we do for LMCs and General Practice

Strengthen Voice

We help to strengthen the ‘Voice’ of LMCs and GPs

Interventions

We fund interventions in legal and other related matters

Dialogue

We engage in dialogue with stakeholders to share knowledge and learning

FAQs About the LMC Development Grant Scheme

Q. Is the application process different for large projects?
Q. What if the project fails to deliver the expected benefits, would the LMC have to repay the Grant?
Q. What if I don’t need or use all of the Grant (e.g. the project becomes unachievable for any reason)?
Q. Will GPDF provide all of the Grant up-front?
Q. Why are applications being reviewed by a panel of people from other LMCs, and not just by GPDF?
Q. Why does GPDF need interim reports / final report on the outcome of the project?
Q. I have an idea, but not sure if would be successful in getting a Grant. Can I speak with someone?
Q. Will GPDF consider contributing jointly to a project with other organisations (e.g. NHS / LMCs)?
Q. Can I put in a joint application with other LMCs?
Q. Is the application process different for large projects?

A. The process is intended to be the same, but a greater amount of detail is likely to be required for larger projects.

Q. What if the project fails to deliver the expected benefits, would the LMC have to repay the Grant?

A. Not necessarily, if the learning from the project is shared and other LMCs can learn from the process, it may have been valid to conduct the project. It will be for GPDF to determine if they feel the project has failed to deliver the expected benefits. An appeal to the Board can be made if the LMC disagrees, but the Board’s decision will be final.

Q. What if I don’t need or use all of the Grant (e.g. the project becomes unachievable for any reason)?

A. The balance should be returned to GPDF with an explanation/report.

Q. Will GPDF provide all of the Grant up-front?

A. It is likely that payments would be staged, as required to complete the project, with a final payment on provision of the final report / outcome of the project. (e.g. 1/3rd on commencement, 1/3rd at a mid-point, and 1/3rd on provision of satisfactory outputs).

Q. Why are applications being reviewed by a panel of people from other LMCs, and not just by GPDF?

A. The Peer Group Advisory Panel has been established to give increased involvement and participation by LMCs in GPDF funding activity and enable greater awareness of developmental activity by LMCs.

Q. Why does GPDF need interim reports / final report on the outcome of the project?

A. GPDF has to be able to demonstrate that care has been taken to ensure that all funds are being used appropriately and wisely. We have to be able to justify all Grants have been used by LMCs in line with the purpose of the scheme.

Q. I have an idea, but not sure if would be successful in getting a Grant. Can I speak with someone?

A. Yes, but it would be helpful if you could put your initial thought on an email to (mail@gpdf.org.uk) and someone will call you back to discuss.

Q. Will GPDF consider contributing jointly to a project with other organisations (e.g. NHS / LMCs)?

A. Yes, if the project falls within the objectives and purpose of this fund, GPDF will consider it.

Q. Can I put in a joint application with other LMCs?

A. Yes. Bids from consortia are most welcome, ideally with one LMC as a ‘lead’ contact.

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