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Funding Opportunities

About our funding

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

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What is the ‘Caring for the Carer’ Fund?

The ‘Caring for the Carer Fund’ has been launched by the Life Changes Trust in recognition of the immense pressure that the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, and associated restrictive measures, have placed on the unpaid carers of people living with dementia. It is aimed at supporting the wellbeing of unpaid carers during this time and focuses on the following:

  • Coping with social distancing and isolation
  • Improving/maintaining mental health
  • Improving/maintaining physical wellbeing and health

Am I eligible? 
You are eligible to apply for this funding if you live in Scotland and care for someone living with dementia for more than four hours a week, and are not paid for doing so.

When is the deadline?
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 22 January 2021.
Please note that we reserve the right to close the fund early if, at any  point, it seems we will receive too many applications to process.

What can I apply for? 
We are aware that the coronavirus outbreak is impacting everyone’s life in different ways. Through this fund we want to support you to cope with the current pressures and restrictions and look after your overall wellbeing. 

You can apply for anything that you believe will support you in the coming months. You may want to chat this through with someone you trust to help you identify how you could use the grant. 

Here are some examples of what you could apply for:

  • purchase or replacement of an item that helps you in the home
  • technology to aid communication
  • gym/exercise equipment
  • hobby materials to pursue a pastime such as art or music
  • subscriptions to a TV streaming service, website or magazine
  • counselling
  • a short break
  • something that helps you make better use of your garden or other outside space

These are just examples and we want to know what will support you during this challenging time. 

How much can I apply for?

The maximum grant you can apply for is £1,000. 

You can download the guidance for applying and the application form here. Please read the guidance thoroughly before applying. 

Contact
Please contact us using the details below if you have any questions or would like further support or advice before completing your application. 

We would encourage you to contact us via e-mail in the first instance. However, if this is not possible, please call our switchboard where a member of staff will direct your call to our Dementia Programme team. 

E-mail: dementiaprogramme@lifechangestrust.org.uk
Switchboard: 0141 212 9600

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This funding opportunity is for people living with dementia in Scotland. 

The Life Changes Trust believes that people with dementia have an enormous amount of knowledge and helpful information to share with each other. This person to person support is sometimes called ‘peer support’.

Knowledge and information can also be shared person to person, or more widely through resources such as booklets, short films or creative artwork. 

See some examples here: https://www.lifechangestrust.org.uk/our-dementia-programme

‘Peer support’ resources help people understand dementia better and allow people with dementia to equip and encourage each other. They are also a valuable source of education and information for people who want to know more about dementia. 

The Life Changes Trust is offering awards of £500 to £5,000 to people with dementia to:

  • create peer-to-peer support resources, e.g. leaflets, DVDs, videos, etc.
  • facilitate meeting with each other on a regular and planned basis

What kind of things can the money be used for? 

Resources

You can use it to produce something that you think will help other people living with dementia. It must be practical and must truly reflect the experiences and needs of people with dementia. It must be something that will have value and relevance for a long period of time. Very importantly, the idea must have originated with at least one person with dementia.

Examples of peer support resources we have funded previously include:

Regular meetings 

Sometimes people with dementia want to meet together but lack the time and resources to do so. A little bit of money might help, for example, to buy tablets that will help people get online or, once lockdown restrictions ease, hire a suitable room for a meeting. 

You may need to pay someone a little bit of money to help keep your group organised, book travel and arrange meetings.

You may feel that having some money could help with travel costs or refreshments so that that nobody feels they cannot come to your regular meeting.

How do I apply? 

For more information on how to apply, timelines, eligibility etc, download our Application Form and Guidance here 

Once you have read the guidance, if you have any questions, you can contact Colm McBriarty at the Life Changes Trust on 0141 212 9063 or at colm.mcbriarty@lifechangestrust.org.uk

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This funding opportunity is for unpaid carers in Scotland who are caring for someone living with dementia. By ‘unpaid carer’ we mean someone who is caring for a person with dementia for no salary or other payment, or someone who has done so in the past.

The Life Changes Trust believes that unpaid carers have an enormous amount of knowledge and helpful information to share with each other.  This ‘carer to carer’ support is sometimes called ‘peer support’. 

Knowledge and information can also be shared person to person, or more widely through resources such as booklets, short films or creative artwork. 

See some examples here: https://www.lifechangestrust.org.uk/our-dementia-programme

‘Peer support’ resources help people understand dementia better and allow unpaid carers to equip and encourage each other. They are also a valuable source of education and information for people who want to know more about the dementia carer role. 

The Life Changes Trust is offering awards of £500 to £5,000 to unpaid carers of people with dementia to:

  • create peer-to-peer support resources, e.g. leaflets, DVDs, videos, etc.
  • facilitate meeting with other carers on a regular and planned basis 

What kind of things can the money be used for?

Resources

You can use it to produce something that you think will help other unpaid carers of people living with dementia. It must be practical and must truly reflect the experiences and needs of unpaid carers. It must be something that will have value and relevance for a long period of time. Very importantly, the idea must have originated with at least one unpaid carer.

Examples of peer support resources we have funded previously include:

  • For carers, by carers: A range of eight publications exploring topics such as ‘Looking after yourself’ and ‘Moving into a care home and hospital’
  • ‘Dementia: A Carers Local Directory’
  • ‘This Rain’ – songs written and recorded by unpaid carers of people with dementia

Regular meetings

Sometimes unpaid carers want to meet together but lack the time and resources to do so. A little bit of money might help, for example, to buy tablets that will help people get online or, once lockdown restrictions ease, hire a suitable room for a meeting. You may feel that having some money could help with respite care, travel costs or refreshments so that that nobody feels they cannot come to your regular meeting.

How do I apply?

For more information on how to apply, eligibility etc, download our Application Form and Guidance here.

Once you have read the guidance, if you have any questions, you can contact Colm McBriarty at the Life Changes Trust on 0141 212 9063 or at colm.mcbriarty@lifechangestrust.org.uk 

Young People with Care Experience Programme

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My Choice, My Future is aimed at supporting young people with care experience to make choices about their future and take steps that will have a positive and long-term impact on their lives. 

This fund is built on learning from the Aspirational Awards initiative we have been delivering since 2016 and from the Keep Well Fund we launched in 2020 to support young people with care experience during lockdown.  

We know that COVID-19 has had an immediate impact on young people with care experience, and that it has also made it difficult to plan for the future. This Individual Grants initiative is here to encourage you to take steps to achieve your full potential and to support you to live the life you want for yourself. 

My Choice, My Future is focused on:

  • supporting young people with care experience who are trying something new and taking initial steps towards their long-term aspirations.
  • supporting young people with care experience who have a very clear idea of the next step they need to take in life to fulfil their long-term aspirations.

Am I eligible? 

You are eligible to apply for this funding if you:

  • Are aged between 18-30 (no older than 30 at point of application)
  • Have at least three months of care experience (which can include kinship care, foster care, secure care, residential care or being looked after at home)
  • Currently live in Scotland

We can only accept applications from individuals.

Previous Aspirational Awards awardees will be eligible to apply. However please note that applications from those who have not received an Aspirational Award from us before will be prioritised. 

How much can I apply for?

The funding is available from £500 to £4,000. 

If you wish to apply for less than £500 for a training course etc, please do get in touch with us to discuss your application before submitting this. We can be contacted by e-mail ypce@lifechangestrust.org.uk or by telephoning 0141 212 9600. 

The Life Changes Trust wants to make your application to us as accessible and comfortable as possible. For various reasons, some people prefer expressing themselves through speech rather than writing and we want to make sure that everyone who wants to apply to My Choice, My Future is supported to make their best application. That is why we are offering the option of supplying a video or telephone application instead of completing our full written application form. 

A video application can be completed using the camera function on your smartphone – this is all the equipment you need. We ask you to record yourself answering the questions in our application form, which you can download below. You will still need to submit a short written form to provide us with your personal details but you will be able to talk about your application idea rather than write about it.

If you struggle to access or operate technology then you can consider a phone application. Details of how to apply are contained in the document, below. Again, you will be able to talk about your application idea rather than write about it.

Please read the guidance notes carefully before starting your application.

My Choice, My Future will close to applications on Monday 14 December at 2pm. 

Please note that we reserve the right to close the fund early if, at any point, it seems we will receive too many applications to process.

If you are having any difficulties with your application, do just get in touch by email or phone:

Lindsay Brown, Funding Manager: ypce@lifechangestrust.org.uk or call 0141 212 9600