Funding Opportunities

 

 Regional Grants Evaluation: Invitation to tender 

In November 2018, the Life Changes Trust embarked on a series of 14 Collaborative Learning Events across Scotland held in each NHS Health Board area. The aim of these events is to bring together people with dementia, unpaid carers and local statutory and voluntary organisations to identify key challenges for local people affected by dementia and to collectively work on solutions to effect positive change. The Trust will be running these events until 2022.  

To date the Trust has held events in: Inverness (November 2018); Grampian (March 2019); Orkney (May 2019) and Western Isles (September 2019. Further events to be held within the timescale of the evaluation include: Ayrshire and Arran (November 2019); Edinburgh and Lothians (March 2020); Borders (June 2020); and Fife (September 2020).    

It has become evident from planning these events 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. 

The Trust believes that supporting local organisations will deepen understanding of what is working well. In this way 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.

To achieve this, following each Collaborative Learning Event, the Trust has opened/will open 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 that are based in, and working in, their local NHS region can apply for funding of between £2,000 and £15,000 for projects lasting up to 18 months.  It can be used to support new or existing work. 

In addition to the funding for individual projects, the Trust will also provide each region with £15,000 funding to support partnership working in the area. Successful small grants applicants will be part of a network of local organisations supported by one local person or organization.

Evaluation

The Trust wishes to commission an evaluation of the small grants to analyse the learning gathered from all of the projects across the different NHS regions and to determine the impact of funding at a local level in this way.  To read about our expectations around this evaluation in more depth, please see the full tender document on Public Contracts Scotland, which you can access here.

Evaluators will have access to monitoring reports submitted by organisations.  Note that an overarching evaluation of the Trust’s approach is ongoing and we will expect evaluators to share findings with those who are conducting this high-level evaluation. 

Submitting a bid

Before you submit a bid, please read carefully the full tender specification, which details our expectations and how you should approach your tender. The full tender document is available on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS). Your bid should paint a very clear picture of what your vision for the evaluation is and detail about how you will achieve this. Your bid document can be as long as it needs to be but it should include clear evidence that you have taken account of the information and expectations outlined on PCS. More detail can be provided by Andrena Coburn if required (contact details below).

Deadline for bids

Friday 22 November 2019 at 5pm. Bids should be submitted through Public Contracts Scotland or sent to andrena.coburn@lifechangestrust.org.uk or posted to: Andrena Coburn, Life Changes Trust, Edward House, 199 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, G2 3EX

Bids submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. It is your responsibility to make sure that your bid reaches the Life Changes Trust by the deadline. Enquiries should be directed to Andrena Coburn or through the Public Contracts Scotland portal. 

Budget

The budget available for the evaluation is in the region of £125,000 inclusive of VAT, travel and all other expenses. Bidders should demonstrate an ability to commit to this work over a period of 1 year and 9 months (January 2020 to October 2021).

 Creating Better Lives in Orkney - Small Grants Programme

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

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:  colm.mcbriarty@lifechangestrust.org.uk 

To discuss this guidance or your application, please contact: Colm McBriarty, Funding Manager on 0141 212 9063 or email colm.mcbriarty@lifechangestrust.org.uk    Alternatively you can contact  Graham Hart, Funding Officer, on 0141 212 9618 or email graham.hart@lifechangestrust.org.uk

We are also hosting an advice workshop in Orkney. This will take place on Wednesday 3rd October from 9am to 2.30pm, at the Age Scotland offices.  These can be found at 46 Victoria Street, Kirkwall KW15 1DN. Our funding manager, the very helpful Colm McBriarty will be there to answer questions.  Here he is... 

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                

 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 £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? 

Yes

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 graham.hart@lifechangestrust.org.uk 

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

OR

Email to graham.hart@lifechangestrust.org.uk 

Conference Bursary Scheme 2019/20

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
  • 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

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 graham.hart@lifechangestrust.org.uk 

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 - graham.hart@lifechangestrust.org.uk