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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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Applications to these funding opportunities have now closed. However, if you submitted an application and did not receive an acknowledgement email from us, please get in touch with Colm McBriarty at colm.mcbriarty@lifechangestrust.org.uk or 07833 206852.

Thank you.

Peer to Peer Resource Funding for people with dementia Toggle accordion

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

Conference Bursary Scheme for people living with dementia and unpaid carers Toggle accordion

The Life Changes Trust believes that people living with dementia and unpaid carers should participate in conferences and seminars about dementia. This is why the Trust has funded a number of conference places to date and has written reports on how people have benefited from being at such conferences.  

The Trust has decided to allocate a limited sum of money to fund attendance at conferences and other events in 2020/21. You can apply for a bursary if you live in Scotland and are: 

  • a person living with dementia 
  • an unpaid carer of a person living with dementia 
  • a former unpaid carer of a person living with dementia, who stopped providing unpaid care in the past 24 months 

This application form is for individuals who wish to participate in conferences and seminars. If you are an organisation or an informal group of people and wish to apply on behalf of people with dementia or unpaid carers, please contact the Trust: DementiaProgramme@lifechangestrust.org.uk or 0141 212 9600. 
 
Conferences/events taking place in the United Kingdom 
We will provide a bursary for you to attend in person: 

  • as a delegate 
  • as a speaker  
  • to give a poster presentation 

Online conferences/events  
We will provide a bursary for you to attend online conferences and virtual events: 

  • as a delegate/viewer 
  • as a speaker  
  • to give a poster presentation  

For example:

(The Trust has been allocated some free or discounted places at these two conferences. Please complete the application form so that we can administer these.)

In order to apply for a conference bursary, please read our guidance and complete the application form, which you can download here.

If you have any questions, please contact us using the details above.

Peer to Peer Resource Funding for unpaid carers of people with dementia Toggle accordion

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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We will be announcing more funding opportunities later in the year.