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Living Well with Dementia Grant Fund

The Dementia Programme Board of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) had made funding available to support voluntary and community sector organisations (VCS), to continue and develop their work with people living with dementia, their family or informal carers.

What funding was available?

Funding for round two of applications closed on 31 August 2022 for grants of up to £25,000.

Applications for round one of funding closed on 31 May 2022 for grants of up to £5,000.

What could the funds be used for?

  • New projects or services
  • Existing projects or services
  • Capital items to support projects or services (items are required to be value for money and organisations may be asked to document quotes)
  • Revenue costs (staffing, management, and monitoring)
  • Part of the costs of a project/service
  • All the costs of a project/service
  • Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland wide or district, town, village, neighbourhood, community* specific projects/services

District, town, village, neighbourhood, community specific projects can only apply for grants up to £5,000.

What outcomes do we need to meet?

You must meet one of the following outcomes:

The grant is for projects or services that enhance the vision of the LLR Dementia Programme Board. We ask that grants meet one or more of the following outcomes: 

  1. Meets our Dementia Programme Board vision:
    • Our vision:

      Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are all places where people with dementia can live well through the following guiding principles; preventing well, diagnosing well, supporting well, living well, dying well. We aim to create a health and social care system that works together so that every person with dementia, their carers and families have access to and receive compassionate care and support not only prior to diagnosis but post-diagnosis and through to end of life. 

  2. Supports people with or without a formal diagnosis of dementia
  3. Supports people waiting for an appointment with Memory Assessment service
  4. Supports carers of people with dementia
  5. Supports seldom heard groups
    • seldom heard groups refers to under-represented people who use or might potentially use health or social care services and who are less likely to be heard by these service professionals and decision-makers. Examples of seldom heard groups could include: ethnic minority groups, carers, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, refugees/asylum seekers, people who are homeless, younger people, people with language barriers

What is the eligibility criteria?

  • VCS organisations are to have a legal form and bank account or have an agreement with an accountable organisation
  • The project/service must meet one or more of the highlighted outcomes (see above)
  • Submissions can be for projects/services that are LLR wide or district, town, village, neighbourhood or community specific. The maximum grant for district, town, village, neighbourhood, community specific projects will be £5,000.

How will I know if my application has been successful?

If your application is successful you will hear from us in early November. 

How will the application be evaluated?

Applications will be evaluated by panel members who will then meet and moderate their scoring. From the application form, questions 3, 4 and 5 will be scored on a scale of 0-5. The panel will include a person living with dementia, a carer and a representative from an independent organisation (to ensure a transparent and fair process. The independent organisation is unable to apply for a grant.)

Due diligence will also be undertaken and is why we ask for your charity/company details. 

Depending on your project, you may be asked for additional information, to clarify and answer and/or be asked to provide one or more of the following organisational policies/procedures.

  • Safeguarding 
  • Information governance
  • Health and safety
  • Equality and diversity policy
  • Risk assessments
  • Data protection
  • Complete a conflict-of-interest form.

Monitoring and reporting

  • Projects will be monitored quarterly (proportionally to the size and scope of the project)
  • Organisations will be required to supply an end of project evaluation report.
  • The service must have a clear delivery plan and achievable measurable outcomes
  • The service must demonstrate benefits to people using it and the Dementia Programme Board partners. 

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