Funding Opportunities

Our funding opportunities are only available in Scotland

We currently have four funding opportunities available

 National Forum for Dementia Policy and Practice in Scotland/School of Leadership in Dementia

Tenders are invited for two inter-related pieces of work: 

  • A National Forum for Dementia Policy and Practice in Scotland
  • The Life Changes Trust School of Leadership in Dementia

Purpose and aims - Policy and Practice Forum

The purpose of the Forum is to bring together people with a particular interest and experience in the subject of dementia in order to determine what can be done to make policy and practice in Scotland more robust and sustainable for the benefit of people living with dementia, their families and unpaid carers. There are four primary aims:

1. To discuss and debate evidence and learning from existing practice, drawing out best practice and influencing policy makers so that it is embedded in policy and used in practice.

2. To identify gaps in policy, practice and research and carry out work to address these gaps, seeking funding where necessary.

3. To identify seemingly insurmountable challenges in policy and practice and discover solutions to these challenges, which could be implemented.

4. To influence policy makers, key leaders, practitioners and others in Scotland to adjust or re-write policy so that the needs of people with dementia, their families and unpaid carers are met and their lives fundamentally transformed for the better.

Purpose and aims - School of Leadership

The purpose of the School of Leadership is to bring together people with a particular interest and experience in the subject of dementia, and who are leaders by role and/or by personality so that they can grow and develop in their leadership skills and be an integral part of bringing transformational change to the dementia world in Scotland. ‘Leaders’ include people with dementia and unpaid carers. There are four primary aims:

1. To learn from existing leaders in the dementia world nationally and internationally.

2. To learn from each other, forming relationships and networks that will last for many years.

3. To identify skills and knowledge gaps and address them so that leaders are developed to become more confident and influential.

4. To collectively influence dementia policy and practice in Scotland - locally and nationally - so that the needs of people with dementia, their families and unpaid carers are met and their lives fundamentally transformed for the better.

For more information on both, read our full tender document. 

Criteria Bids must be from groups of organisations (consortia) which:

 - Specify a lead partner that will hold any funding awarded by the Trust and provide oversight to the Forum and/or School of Leadership;

 - Have a formal agreement amongst them that outlines who is responsible for what and where lines of accountability lie;

 - Work in Scotland on a substantial and ongoing basis;

 - Have a good understanding of dementia policy and practice.

Applicants can specify one organisation to lead and oversee the Forum and another organisation to lead and oversee the School of Leadership. However, the two lead partners MUST be able to work in close partnership over a period of at least five years. Any partnership arrangement of this type must be put in writing and agreed by the most senior member of staff in each organisation and by the Life Changes Trust. Applicants may choose to give the Forum and School of Leadership different titles, but the School of Leadership title must contain the name of the Life Changes Trust.

Deadline for bids

Friday 31 August 2018 at 4pm

Bids should be sent to arlene.crockett@lifechangestrust.org.uk or posted to: Arlene Crockett, Life Changes Trust, Edward House, 199 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3EX

Bids submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted.

Enquiries should be directed to Arlene Crockett at the email address above.

Value of the tender

The value of this tender, for the Forum and School of Leadership together, is in the region of £2million over 5 years (April 2019 - March 2024).

 Peer to Peer Resources funding

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:  

- Sensory Challenges Booklet written by people with dementia   

- Scottish Dementia Working Group’s ‘Travelling Safely with Dementia’ DVD/online resource 

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 £7,000 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?

Yes

Can I apply if I live outside Scotland?

No, this opportunity is only available to people with dementia and carers living in Scotland.

When is the deadline for applying?

There are three deadline dates:

 - Friday 27/07/18

 - Friday 23/11/18

 - Friday 01/02/19

For more information on the scheme and to apply, read our application form/guidance   

If you have any questions, you can email graham.hart@lifechangestrust.org.uk  

 Individual Awards Scheme, Phase two

This Individual Awards Scheme is running in Aberdeen, Angus and Lochaber only.

The Individual Awards Scheme aims to give some extra financial support to people with dementia and their carers which will contribute to improving their quality of life, well-being, empowerment and social inclusion.

The Life Changes Trust is offering these Awards to people affected by dementia to:

 - spend on something that they think will make their life better

 - enable them to do something that matters to them which, without the Individual Award, they would not be able to do

From 1 April 2018 until 30 September 2018*, people with dementia and those who care for a person with dementia for more than four hours a week, and don’t get paid for it, and who live in Aberdeen, Angus or Lochaber, will be able to apply for Individual Awards of up to £500.

The Trust ran a trial scheme in 2014 to 2015 to find out what benefits Individual Awards could bring to people affected by dementia and to understand more about the impact and reach of personalised financial support, including its potential as early intervention that prevents or delays more costly interventions. 

Phase 2 of the Individual Awards Scheme is informed by the learning from the trial scheme.

A report is available based on feedback from people living with dementia and carers who received an Individual Award during this trial phase

We will also publish an evaluation report at the conclusion of Phase 2, as we believe the evidence gathered from this scheme will help inform thinking about the use of small direct payments, through SDS, to better support people with dementia and unpaid carers.

In each area, Phase 2 of the scheme is again being run by a group of local organisations in partnership with the Trust.

For more information or help to apply, please contact:

If you live in Aberdeen, contact Karen Milne at Aberdeen Care & Repair on 01224 251 133 or email Karen at Karen.Milne@Castlehillha.co.uk Their office is located at: Aberdeen Care & Repair, Ground Floor, 11 Waverley Place, Aberdeen, AB10 1XH

If you live in Angus, contact Judith Leslie at Angus Care & Repair on 01307 463 232 or email Judith at Judith@anguscareandrepair.org Their office is located at: Carseview Road, Forfar, DD8 3BT

If you live in Lochaber, contact Maureen Cameron at Lochaber Care & Repair on 01397 706 444 or email Maureen at mcameron@lochaberhousing.org.uk Their office is located at: 101 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6DG.

* There is a possibility that applications to the scheme may close early if all the funding is paid out before the closing date. 

 Conference Bursaries 

The Life Changes Trust believes it is important that conferences and seminars about dementia are attended by people living with dementia and carers.  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 further, limited sum of money to fund conferences and other events in 2018/19.  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 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 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  

 - travel  

 - accommodation  

 - food and drink  

 - costs for a supporter, if you have dementia. He or she MUST be able to support you throughout the conference/event.

How long is funding available? 

Funding will be available until the end of March 2019 or until all of our funding resources have been allocated. 

For more information on the scheme and how to apply, read our application guidance and form

If you have any questions, you can email: graham.hart@lifechangestrust.org.uk