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Forgetmenotes - About Dementia Grants

In 2022, About Dementia took on a new role as a funder and grants facilitator. In partnership with Scottish Government and Age Scotland, we were appointed to deliver multiple grant programmes following a £1million Scottish Government investment.

We were also separately appointed as facilitators and National Legacy Partners of the Life Changes Trust. As such we were appointed a pot of £260,000 to develop our Peer-to-Peer Grants Programme, and £170,000 to deliver our 2023 round of Encouraging and Supporting Grassroots Activity Fund.

Previous and current grant programmes include:

Funding development group

Listening to the voices of people with lived experience of dementia is at the heart of About Dementia’s ethos. As funders, we want to ensure that any funding decisions affecting people with dementia and unpaid carers are made by those with lived experience, the true experts. To achieve this, we developed an innovative model of co-production for grants programmes, establishing an assessment panel comprised of people living with dementia and current or former unpaid carers.

We took the decision to compensate panel members for their time as recognition of their valued input and expertise, and to demonstrate our appreciation for their work in evaluating assessments.

I am so honoured to be invited to do this and wish to accept, with pleasure. It is a rare occurrence to be offered to be paid and I cannot tell you just how much that means to me, for which I thank you most sincerely.

Member of panel

This panel co-produce the criteria for all grants programmes and make all final funding decisions alongside About Dementia’s two Grants and Learning Coordinators. This coproduction model creates a sense of shared ownership and ensures the funding is focused on the outcomes that people with lived experience want to see.

 This page will be updated when new grants become available.