The open call for applications to the 2017-2018 Improvement Fund is now closed. Details about the 2018-2019 fund will be announced next year.

The Improvement Fund is part of the grant making function of Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s (HIS) Improvement Hub (ihub). We look to fund projects at a local level that improve the quality of health and social care services in Scotland.

The fund was set up to support and encourage health and social care organisations to:

  • test and develop innovative practices that can contribute to the delivery of the National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes
  • contribute to the delivery of local integration priorities and strategies and the reducing inequalities agenda
  • increase the likelihood of change ideas being implemented locally and influencing thinking and practice nationally
  • identify and document learning and best practices that can be shared to scale and rolled out across Scotland, and
  • support the development of improvement capacity and capability across health and social care.


The fund opened in September 2016 for the first time and we have awarded funding to seven projects covering a variety of topics. For more information about the Improvement Fund, please contact


Update 2017-2018

This year the open call for applications received an impressive 131 Expressions of Interests (EOIs) from a variety of organisations across Scotland.

Due to such a high level of interest, this year’s selection process has been very competitive and we cannot fund every proposal. Fifteen EOIs have now been progressed to the application and interview stage with award decisions to be made by mid-February.  

While we were unable to give individual feedback for all EOIs submitted, below we have summarised some of the key attributes that stood out during the shortlisting process. 

  • Partnership working and use of systematic improvement methodology
  • Plans for project sustainability after funding ends were clearly outlined
  • Project aims that were defined, measurable and focused on service users
  • Well explained project ideas and breakdown of key activities involved

Thank you to everyone who submitted an Expression of Interest this year.

For future applications: 

Please ensure you have fully read the guidance document (PDF) before applying for funding. If you have any questions that are left unanswered after reading, please contact

" When working with front line health and social care services we often find individuals and teams with great ideas about how to make improvement that just need a little bit of additional funding to implement. The ihub’s Improvement Fund was developed for exactly these kinds of situations. It provides small grants to enable services to test and develop innovative practices which have the potential to impact the quality of health and social care across Scotland. We also provide funding to support services to spread ideas that have already been tested and demonstrated a positive impact on outcomes. The improvement fund, now in its second year, allows us to work in partnership with health and social care organisations across Scotland to develop new ideas, test and evaluate those ideas locally, and then spread the learning nationally. Organisations are now invited to submit applications for the 17/18 round of funding. Successful projects will be awarded grants to help develop services that will ultimately contribute to enabling people to receive the right support and care, in the right place, at the right time. "

Ruth Glassborow, Director   |   Improvement Support and ihub