Funding Opportunities

Creating Better Lives in the Highlands Small Grants Programme

This is a new grants programme for local organisations across the Highlands.  Local projects can apply for up to £15,000 to deliver work which will support people affected by dementia living in the Highland area. 

We know from experience 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 but have real potential to make a difference in the lives of local people who are affected by dementia.

In November last year, the Life Changes Trust held a series of collaborative events in the Highlands to find out what mattered most to people with dementia and those who cared for them, what they felt was missing in terms of local support and what was working well.  These events were run by local people, for local people, and marked the first of fourteen country-wide events the Life Changes Trust will be funding over the next two years.  

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.

Applications for grants from the Highland region of between £2,000 and £15,000 can be made up until 26th April.  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. 

Enquiries can be made to Colm McBriarty - colm.mcbriarty@lifechangestrust.org.uk

 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