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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

 

Creating Better Lives in Lanarkshire and Forth Valley small grants Toggle accordion

In November 2018, the Life Changes Trust embarked on a series of local Collaborative Learning Events across Scotland. We will be running these events until late 2021, albeit predominantly digitally.

The Trust recognises that, very often, it's local, grassroots organisations which have the most immediate impact on people living with dementia, their families and unpaid carers. By ‘local projects’ we mean projects run in a local area by people who live or work in that local area. These local projects may have few resources.

Therefore we have opened up a small grants programme to which local organisations can apply to deliver work which will support people affected by dementia in their area. We are now pleased to offer funding to support projects within Forth Valley and Lanarkshire regions. 

Organisations can apply for funding of between £2,000 and £15,000 for projects lasting up to 18 months.

A local organisation/individual will be appointed to oversee and support the collaborative working and shared learning of the small grants recipients.

Who may apply
Creating Better Lives in Forth Valley, and Creating Better Lives in Lanarkshire will use the following approach: ‘By local people, for local people’. We welcome applications from projects and organisations which are based in, and working in, their local area. Your project work must be taking place within the NHS Lanarkshire or NHS Forth Valley region.

The funding you may apply for
You can apply for a grant of between £2,000 and £15,000 for your project, which can last up to 18 months. The funding awarded must be used wholly for the benefit of people living with dementia and their unpaid carers/families. It can be used to support new or existing work.

Applications must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 28th May 2021. 

We will send you an email to acknowledge your application. If we have any questions or require additional information, we will contact you.


We will also be hosting two online information sessions if you have any questions about your application or need help with your ideas.

  • Session 1 is for Forth Valley. This will take place on Wednesday 21st April, from 12pm to 2pm. 
  • Session 2 is for Lanarkshire. This will take place on Thursday 22 April, from 12pm to 2pm.

These will be informal drop-in sessions, so you can enter and leave the meetings whenever you choose. If you are interested in joining either of the sessions, please get in touch with one of the team, details below, and we will email the Zoom link to you nearer the time.


APPLICATIONS FROM LANARKSHIRE:

You can download the application form here 

Please read the Guidance document thoroughly before applying - you can download it here

We have also provided a budget summary sheet which should be included with your application. You can download it here

Once you have completed the application form and budget sheet, you should email it with your supporting documents to: 
dementiaprogramme@lifechangestrust.org.uk 


APPLICATIONS FROM FORTH VALLEY:

You can download the application form here

Please read the Guidance document thoroughly before applying - you can download it here

We have also provided a budget summary sheet which should be included with your application. You can download it here 

Once you have completed the application form and budget sheet, you should email it with your supporting documents to: 
dementiaprogramme@lifechangestrust.org.uk 


To discuss the guidance or your application, please contact:

Louise Buchanan, Senior Funding Officer
louise.buchanan@lifechangestrust.org.uk
Tel - 07785 394 015

Colm McBriarty, Funding Manager
colm.mcbriarty@lifechangestrust.org.uk
Tel - 07833 206 852    

Charlie Fairley, Senior Funding Officer 
charlie.fairley@lifechangestrust.org.uk 
Tel - 07557 945 773

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

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

National Leadership Network Funding Opportunity Expressions of Interest Toggle accordion

The Trust is now developing its legacy approach for young people with care experience. Through our funding we have seen what young people can achieve when we invest in them properly and listen deeply to their diverse perspectives.

We also know more about supporting young people to engage and the barriers that sometimes get in the way. Finally, we have seen the power of reaching out to those who support young people and helping them to grow personally and professionally, creating the right conditions for relationships to flourish.

To build on this learning and to ensure that investment in the potential of young people with care experience continues beyond the lifetime of the Trust, we plan to invest £1m in an exciting new initiative - the National Leadership Network (working title). The National Leadership Network aims to:  

  • support the personal and professional development of young people with care experience in ways that suit their needs and aspirations
  • strengthen the relationship networks between and around young people with care experience, combating isolation
  • provide opportunities to build alliances between young people with care experience, their supporters and other communities with a focus on sharing ideas and developing skills
  • support the development of active citizenship and democratic participation

The Trust is using an open call two-stage process to select the organisations who will host and deliver the Network from January 2022 to December 2026. We expect that a collaboration of organisations will be needed to host a Network which can reach out to young people across the country. The stages are:

  • Expressions of Interest (April 2021)
  • Full Proposals (May to July 2021)

The Expression of Interest form (downloadable, below), is the first stage in the process. We hope to attract interest from a broad range of organisations who are interested in the development of young people with care experience in the context of leadership. Please also read the Frequently Asked Questions to help with your application (downloadable below).

In the Autumn of 2021, the Trust will make a grant funding award to an organisation or collaboration of organisations to deliver the Network from 2022-26. A funding award of £1m is available to cover all of the associated costs, including staffing.

Download the Expression of Interest Form here

Download our Frequently Asked Questions here

All Expression of Interest forms must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 29th April 2021.

If you have any queries, please contact:
Lisa Thomson: lisa.thomson@lifechangestrust.org.uk
Gary Brown: gary.brown@lifechangestrust.org.uk
 

Scottish Local House Projects: Learning and Impact Project Toggle accordion

The Life Changes Trust has awarded funding to East Dunbartonshire, Fife and Midlothian Councils to establish Local House Projects with the aim of improving the housing options and support available to young people who are ready to move on from formal care.

Alongside this funding, the Trust has appointed the National House Project (NHP) to support the development of the Local House Projects in Scotland. 

The Life Changes Trust is inviting proposals for a research project with the aim of capturing the learning and early impact of three Local House Projects in Scotland. Over a period of 12 months this project would use mixed research methods to construct three in-depth case studies – one on each Local House Project. We are particularly interested in examining these projects within the context of relationship-based practice, and proposals should include a consideration of whether or not strong relationships help achieve positive impacts for young people as well as an exploration of how these relationships support the achievement of positive impacts.

You can read more about this opportunity, as well as some background to our work on Local House Projects in the project brief.

Download the Project Brief here

All bids must be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 6th April 2021. If you have any queries, please contact:

Celeste Berteau: celeste.berteau@lifechangestrust.org.uk