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Regional Grants Programme

The Life Changes Trust recognises that very often it is grassroots community organisations and projects that have the most immediate impact on people living with dementia, their families and unpaid carers.

These projects take place in the local area and are run by people who know the local community. Staff, volunteers and the people who join in are often neighbours, and even if the project is part of a larger organisation, its strength and success is based on local friendships and familiar faces.

After each of our Collaborative Learning Events, we opened a small grants programme for the relevant NHS region. Local organisations could apply to deliver work which would support people living with dementia and unpaid carers in their own community.

We offered grants of between £2,000 and £15,000, which could last up to 18 months. The funding awarded was used primarily for the benefit of people living with dementia and their unpaid carers/families. 

Once applications had been submitted, to ensure that a local approach was maintained during the decision-making process, we established a panel of local people for each round of regional grants to decide which applications were funded. The panel was typically made up of people who lived and worked in the region, including people with experience and expertise in dementia issues, health and social care, and local support services. Where possible, we also had a person living with dementia and a person who was or had been an unpaid carer. Life Changes Trust staff offered advice and guidance to the panel, but panel members had the final decision on which applications were successful or otherwise. 

A local organisation or individual was then appointed to support collaborative working and encourage shared learning between projects that had been awarded funding.

We believe that supporting local organisations benefits people living with dementia, their families and unpaid carers in a special way.

By providing small grants directly to local groups, we wanted to strengthen the relationships between people in their own community. It’s very important for people to have access to the knowledge, support and expert advice of larger organisations. Sometimes however, local community groups can make the biggest difference. 

We accelerated our small grants programme in the light of COVID- 19 and, by October 2021, we had made grants in all of Scotland’s 14 health board regions. Click on the buttons below to find out more about what we have funded.

Highland    Grampian         Orkney       Western Isles       

Ayrshire & Arran        Edinburgh & the Lothians         Borders

Fife         Tayside       Forth Valley        Lanarkshire

Shetland       Dumfries and Galloway     

    Greater Glasgow & Clyde