Funding Opportunities

 

Creating Better Lives in the Western Isles: 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. 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.  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, then we went to the Western Isles in September.  We are now pleased to offer funding to support projects within the NHS Western Isles region. 

We believe that supporting local organisations will deepen understanding of what is working well. 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 the Western Isles 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 Western Isles 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 14th February 2020.  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. 

To discuss this guidance or your application, please contact either Colm McBriarty: colm.mcbriarty@lifechangestrust.org.uk (0141 212 9063) or Charlie Fairley: charlie.fairley@lifechangestrust.org.uk (0141 212 9602).

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

Our staff will also be coming to the Western Isles to do a funding workshop in January, date to be arranged. 

‘Digging Deeper’ Research Fund - Invitation to submit proposals to the Life Changes Trust Dementia programme

The Life Changes Trust would like to fund research into under-explored issues to inform policy and practice and to improve the lives of people living with dementia and/or unpaid carers of people with dementia. Applicants should demonstrate that:

1) their proposed research will contribute to a current knowledge gap

2) that the knowledge generated through this research has the potential to improve the lives of people living with dementia and/or unpaid carers of people with dementia.

Proposals should include both a research component and a dissemination and impact plan.

The Trust has allocated £250,000 to support this work and the following conditions apply:

•    Awards are only available to individuals or organisations that are based in Scotland.

•    The minimum award available is £10,000 and the maximum is £50,000.

•    The Award must be 100% match-funded with either a cash contribution or a fully costed in-kind contribution (you will be asked for proof of the match-funding or in-kind contribution).

•    Applicants must agree, if they are successful in receiving an award, to take part in a community of learning and practice that will meet twice a year (more information below).

Purpose and context 

The Life Changes Trust believes there is an appetite in Scotland for the deepening of learning about dementia, particularly in less obvious or niche areas of research. For example, we do not know very much about young carers of people living with dementia in Scotland. It is this kind of research that the Trust wishes to support.

Through the evaluation and research work the Trust has commissioned to date, we have become better aware of the many researchers involved in dementia-related work. We are keen to draw together a practice-based dementia research community twice a year where learning can be shared and new ideas for useful research can be generated. We would want all successful applicants to this fund to join the network, although it will also be open to anyone who wishes to join. We expect the first network meeting to be in summer 2020.

In 2019, the Trust provided funding for About Dementia, a policy and practice forum hosted by Age Scotland in partnership with a wide range of organisations in Scotland, and BOLD (Bringing Out Leaders in Dementia) which is a national school of leadership in dementia.  We believe that any research funded through this open call would be highly relevant to the work of About Dementia and BOLD.

Research funded through this open call will be included in our legacy work and given a nationwide platform to share learning. Therefore, this open call is not just about funding individual research projects but is an invitation to join a wider network that values useful practice-based research and learning. We welcome proposals from practitioners as well as academics, and from practitioner-academic partnerships.

Your proposal

•    Your proposal can be as long as it needs to be. Please paint a very clear picture of what your research project hopes to achieve.

•    The proposal should demonstrate that the research area is an underexplored, niche area.

•    The proposal should describe the ways in which the research is relevant to people with dementia or unpaid carers, or a subset of these broader groups. It should outline how it will be of practical relevance. 

•    Outline how you will gain ethical approval if this is relevant to your proposal.

•    Please be clear about who will hold the research award and account for it.

•    If you are submitting a proposal in partnership with another person or organisation, we require every partner to provide written confirmation of their role within the research project.

•    Please provide CVs for all people who will be involved in the research project.

•    Please submit a risk register. We want to see if you are able to identify where potential risks lie and what you will do to mitigate those risks.

•    Where relevant, also include adult protection and PVG policies – if you believe this is not relevant, please say why.

•    Provide a detailed budget, a project plan with key milestones and a timeline.

Your research should take no longer than 3 years to complete. Please read the full guidance document here BEFORE you submit a proposal.  It contains further important information. You can download it here.

Proposals 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

Proposals must be received no later than Tuesday 7 January 2020 at 5pm. Proposals received after the deadline will NOT be accepted. It is your responsibility to make sure that your proposal reaches the Life Changes Trust by the deadline.

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

  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