In November 2018, the Life Changes Trust embarked on a series of 14 Collaborative Learning Events across Scotland. We will be running these events until 2022.
Discussions with local partners before and after the events bring together people with a common aim: to effect positive change for people affected by dementia.
The Trust recognises that very often it is local, grassroots organisations which, by their very nature of being local, have the most immediate impact on people living with dementia, their families and unpaid carers. These local projects may have few resources and may not be mentioned in local dementia action plans (which tend to focus on statutory services or services provided by large national organisations). By ‘local projects’ we mean projects run in a local area by people who live or work in that local area.
Therefore, after each Collaborative Learning Event, we will be opening up a small grants programme to which local organisations can apply to deliver work which will support people affected by dementia in their area.
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.
Our first event was in Inverness in November 2018, with a second in Grampian in March 2019. Our third event was in Orkney in May 2019, and we are now pleased to offer funding to support projects within the NHS Orkney region. We believe that supporting local organisations will deepen understanding of what is working well, and we plan to roll these events and the small grants programme out across Scotland over the next two years.
This approach to funding will also strengthen confidence among people and organisations who are already providing support to people affected by dementia in their community. We want to see communities get the financial support they need to really deliver on what local people affected by dementia say would make the biggest difference to their everyday lives.
Who may apply
Creating Better Lives in Orkney 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 Orkney region. We believe that supporting local organisations will deepen understanding of what is working well at a local level in Scotland. It will also strengthen confidence among people and organisations who are already providing support to people affected by dementia in their community.
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. Please note also that the funding awarded cannot be used to replace statutory funding or used to pay for anything which councils, health boards or other statutory bodies have a non-discretionary duty to fund.
Applications must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 18 October 2019. We will send you an email to acknowledge your application. If we have any questions or require additional information, we will contact you. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
To discuss this guidance or your application, please contact: Colm McBriarty, Funding Manager on 0141 212 9063 or email email@example.com Alternatively you can contact Graham Hart, Funding Officer, on 0141 212 9618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In October 2019, we will be hosting an advice workshop in Orkney. Further details of the date and venue will be announced soon.
If you are interested in speaking with us, please get in touch with us, check our website www.lifechangestrust.org.uk (where you can sign up for our Newsletter) or follow us on Twitter @LifeChangesTrst
The Life Changes Trust believes that people living with dementia and carers in Scotland have an enormous amount of knowledge and helpful information to share with each other. This ‘person with dementia to person with dementia’ and ‘carer to carer’ support is sometimes called ‘peer support’. Two examples of peer support are:
For more examples, see http://lifechangestrust.org.uk/projects/peer-peer-resources
These resources help people understand dementia better and allow people with dementia and 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 dementia, e.g. hospital or care home staff, relatives or friends.
Therefore, the Life Changes Trust is offering awards of £500 to £4,000 to people with dementia and carers to create peer to peer support resources, e.g. leaflets, DVDs, videos, etc.
What kind of things can the money be used for?
You can use it to produce something that you think will help other people with dementia or other carers. It must be practical and must truly reflect the experiences and needs of people living with dementia and/or carers. It must be something that will have value and relevance for a long period of time, e.g. at least three years.
Can I apply if I am a former carer?
Can I apply if I live outside Scotland?
No, this opportunity is only available to people with dementia and carers living in Scotland.
Are there any deadlines for applying?
No, there are no deadlines for applying but the Peer-to-Peer Resource Awards scheme will close once its funds have been exhausted.
For more information on the scheme and to apply, read our application form/guidance, which you can download here
If you have any questions, you can email email@example.com
Where do I send the application?
You can post it to: Life Changes Trust Dementia Peer-to-Peer Resource Awards, Edward House, 2nd Floor, 199 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EX
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2019/20. 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
Conferences/events taking place in the United Kingdom
We will provide a bursary (up to a maximum of £1500) for you to attend:
- as a delegate
- as a speaker
- to give a poster presentation
Conferences/events taking place in any other country
We will provide a bursary (up to a maximum of £3000) for you to attend:
- as a speaker
- to give a poster presentation
What can I apply for?
You can apply for any reasonable costs associated with attending the conference or event, including:
- conference fees
- food and drink
- costs for a supporter, if you have dementia. He or she MUST be able to support you throughout the conference/event
Where do I send my application?
You can post it to: Life Changes Trust Dementia Conference Bursary Scheme, Edward House, 2nd Floor, 199 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EX
OR Email it to email@example.com
Are there any deadlines for applying?
No, there are no deadlines for applying but the Conference Bursary Scheme will close once its funds have been exhausted. For more information on the scheme and to apply, read our application form/guidance which you can download here
Enquiries can be made to Graham Hart - firstname.lastname@example.org