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
What GPDF is unlikely to fund
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
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FAQs About the LMC Development Grant Scheme
A. The process is intended to be the same, but a greater amount of detail is likely to be required for larger projects.
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.
A. The balance should be returned to GPDF with an explanation/report.
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).
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.
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.
A. Yes, if the project falls within the objectives and purpose of this fund, GPDF will consider it.
A. Yes. Bids from consortia are most welcome, ideally with one LMC as a ‘lead’ contact.