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Funding Opportunities

Since the Trust began, we have funded work across five priority areas, so that people affected by dementia and young people with care experience can say:

  • I live in a place that suits me and my needs
  • I am able to be as independent as possible
  • I get the help I need when I need it
  • I feel safe, listened to, valued and respected
  • I am empowered to do the things that are important to me

In our final years, we will continue to invest in these priority areas while also focussing on:

  • the rights of our beneficiaries;
  • the relationships of our beneficiaries; and
  • the influence of our beneficiaries.

Read our strategy for more information

We provide a range of funding opportunities for organisations that are committed to supporting the empowerment and rights of young people with care experience, people living with dementia, and the unpaid carers of those with dementia.

We also support individuals to do what matters to them. You can sign up to our monthly e-bulletin to receive regular updates. 

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Dementia programme

Life Changes Trust Legacy Funding: Local Legacy Partners Toggle accordion

As we approach the end of the Trust, we are looking for legacy partners. These are being sought in different ways and this Local Legacy Partners funding call is one element of the Life Changes Trust’s legacy investment. You can read more about our national legacy funding in the Guidance and Application document, downloadable below.

What do we mean by ‘legacy’?

Our legacy is what we, as a funding charity closing in 2022, leave behind so that trusted others can build upon, develop, and improve on our work and evidence to date for the longer-term benefit of our beneficiary groups. The work should not end when the Life Changes Trust no longer exists. We say that we hope to leave behind:   

  • many new and developing leaders who will take the Trust’s work and values to the next level;  
  • a strong infrastructure of partners who have a shared set of values and aims that are shaped by our beneficiaries;  
  • evaluation findings and learning that demonstrate how the Trust has contributed substantially to a positive shift in favour of our beneficiaries;  
  • some legacy funding where we see the need for it.  

What is the purpose of this fund?

This Local Legacy Partners funding call is about investment in local legacy partners who will work closely with the national legacy partners to sustain the strong infrastructure that has been built by the Trust since 2015. This infrastructure was developed initially through a national Community of Learning and Practice and, when that became too large for the Trust to manage alone, the Trust commissioned the About Dementia Policy and Practice Forum and the BOLD School of Leadership to build on and develop that work. Recently, a collection of Regional Learning Hubs have been established through the Trust’s small grants programme which was advertised in Scotland’s 14 Health Board areas. 

The breadth and purpose of the Trust’s work is encapsulated in the resource ‘Dementia: a whole life approach’ which we published last year, and we strongly advise any local legacy partners to read this before completing the application form.  There are two further reports we recommend that you read, and more information on these is included in the Guidance and Application Form document.
 
We expect local and national legacy partners to build on the approach and values of the Life Changes Trust and will be looking for this to be demonstrated in applications to this fund.

The focus of this funding

We want this funding to be used by local legacy partners to focus on two or more of three well-evaluated means of supporting people living with dementia and unpaid carers. These are:

  • Dementia Friendly Communities
  • Peer Support
  • Meeting Centres

Read more about these approaches, and why we think they are important, in the Guidance and Application Form document, below. 

Who can apply?

Any legally constituted organisation or group of organisations can apply. 

How much funding is on offer?

A total of £1 million is on offer.  For this funding call, we are asking for a match funding contribution of at least 20% of the amount requested from the Trust. This must be in cash rather than ‘in-kind’. 

We expect to make around seven awards, but this will depend on the applications received. We reserve the right to make fewer awards or a larger number of awards.

You can download the Guidance and Application Form document here

Once you have completed the application form, please email it to dementiaprogramme@lifechangestrust.org.uk  no later than Friday 15 October 2021. 

Who can we talk to for more information or to talk about our application?

You can call Colm McBriarty on 07833 206852 or you can email him: colm.mcbriarty@lifechangestrust.org.uk


We are holding online information sessions on Wednesday 1 September 2021 (10am to noon) and Friday 10 September 2021 (also 10am until noon). To sign up for these, please email colm.mcbriarty@lifechangestrust.org.uk

The Trust is not responsible for application forms that are not received by the deadline, for whatever reason.

Young People with Care Experience Programme

Life Changes Trust Legacy Funding: Creativity and Care Experience Toggle accordion

As we approach the end of the Trust we are looking for legacy partners. These are being sought in different ways and this Creativity and Care Experience funding call is one element of the Life Changes Trust’s legacy investment. 

What do we mean by ‘legacy’?

Our legacy is what we, as a funding charity closing in 2022, leave behind so that trusted others can build upon, develop, and improve on our work and evidence to date for the longer-term benefit of our beneficiary groups. The work should not end when the Life Changes Trust no longer exists.  We say that we hope to leave behind:   

  • many new and developing leaders who will take the Trust’s work and values to the next level;  
  • a strong infrastructure of partners who have a shared set of values and aims that are shaped by our beneficiaries;  
  • evaluation findings and learning that demonstrate how the Trust has contributed substantially to a positive shift in favour of our beneficiaries;  
  • some legacy funding where we see the need for it.  

What is the purpose of this fund?

This Creativity and Care Experience funding call is about investment in a partner, or collaboration of partners to develop and deliver a national legacy initiative, working alongside young people (at national, regional and local level) and creative/cultural organisations. The overall purpose of this three-year initiative is to enable young people with care experience to harness the power of creativity to support their wellbeing, enable self-expression and take control of their own stories. 

Partners will be expected to provide inclusive opportunities for young people to develop creative work which can support the development of a new narrative around care and care experience. The initiative will also play an important role in strengthening inclusion, using creative techniques to offer opportunities to young people whose voices are often silenced. 

What do we mean by creative activities?

We are interested in a broad definition of creativity. This can include, but is not limited to, activities such as music, drama, film-making, photography, creative writing, spoken word, animation, crafts, cooking, quizzing, and outdoor activities. 

Who can apply?

Any legally constituted organisation or group of organisations can apply. See the application guidance for more details (downloadable below). We believe a collaborative proposal is more likely to be successful, due to the need to access networks in the third sector (particularly those organisations working directly with young people), the creative and cultural sector and the statutory sector (including Corporate Parents). 

How much funding is on offer and over how many years?

A total of £500,000 is on offer. We would expect the funding to be for a three-year project but are open to other timeframes if of more benefit to young people with care experience.

All proposals must offer at least 10% of the total budget in match resources. The match contribution can be in-kind (e.g. staffing; premises; equipment) or in cash (e.g. other funding which is eligible to be considered as match). 

You can download the Guidance and Application Form document here

As well as completing the application form, we also ask that you attach a detailed budget using the Funding Template provided.

You can download it here

Once you have completed the application form, please email it to ypce@lifechangestrust.org.uk  no later than Tuesday 5 October 2021. 


We are holding online information sessions on:

•    Thursday 2 September, 3:30 – 5pm
•    Wednesday 8 September 10 – 11:30am 

Attendance at one of these workshops is not required but is highly recommended. To sign up for these, please email emma.hutchison@lifechangestrust.org.uk

Who can we talk to for more information or to talk about my application?

You can call Emma Hutchison, Senior Funding Officer, on 07437 015875 or you can email emma.hutchison@lifechangestrust.org.uk 

Alternatively, if Emma is unavailable please contact Colleen Trousdale, Funding Manager, on 0782787080, or you can email colleen.trousdale@lifechangestrust.org.uk

The Trust is not responsible for application forms that are not received by the deadline, for whatever reason.