" Not-for-profit and community-based organisations are encouraged to apply for funding for community-based projects. "
Applications for up to $15,000 in dementia-friendly grants, now open

Not-for-profit and community-based organisations are encouraged to apply for funding for community-based projects, as part of the Dementia-Friendly Communities program.

Grants of up to $15,000 are available per group, for projects to run during the 2020/2021 financial year.

If you or someone you know is part of a Dementia Alliance, or a local not-for-profit community association or group, and is looking for some funds to kick-start a project which meets the criteria, please submit your application before 26 March 2020.

Successful applications will demonstrate how the project will involve people living with dementia, and will focus on one or more of the following key principles of dementia-friendly communities:

  • Challenge stigma and build understanding of dementia
  • Provide accessible community activities for people with dementia
  • Acknowledge the potential of people with dementia
  • Ensure an early diagnosis of dementia
  • Provide practical support for both the person living with dementia and their care partner to enable engagement in community life
  • Offer community-based solutions helping people to live in their own home for longer
  • Support consistent and reliable travel options
  • Promote easy to navigate environments
  • Enable respectful and responsive businesses and services.

The previous two rounds of these grants have been highly successful, with 40 groups working to make their communities more dementia-friendly. Past examples include the work undertaken by ACH group in Adelaide to develop dementia-friendly swimming resources, and the Bigger Hearts Dementia Alliance in Ballarat working to establish a dementia-friendly trail in the Woowookarung Regional Park. Read the full list of previously successful applicants.

A video outlining the ACH project including interviews with the team behind the initiative can be found by clicking here.

In this round of funding, Dementia Australia will prioritise applications that:

  • are delivered collaboratively through local partnerships with dementia alliances, councils, businesses, education and community organisations
  • meet the needs of the following communities:
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
    • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities
    • rural and remote communities
  • serve geographical areas under-represented in the previous two funding rounds e.g. South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania.

Applications are open to local not-for-profit community associations and groups, and large community organisations and health service providers ONLY in relation to proposals focused upon the development of an independent community dementia alliance.

If this sounds of interest to you or someone you know, please consider submitting your application or sharing this story to your networks.

Applications close on 26 March 2020.

 Posted: February 27th, 2020

Janelle McIntosh said:

A question: are local councils eligible to apply for this funding?

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