Terms of grant given to About Dementia: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

Information regarding the terms given to About Dementia (part of Age Scotland) for the financial years 2021/22 and 2022/23.


The information that you have requested has been outlined as below.

Age Scotland have been awarded a grant by the Scottish Government of up to £1,000,000 over the financial year 2021/22 and 2022/23 to support and complement the delivery of Commitments 4, 5 and 11 of the Dementia and COVID-19 National Action Plan. About Dementia, who are part of Age Scotland will deliver this.

Broadly, the multi-strand approach suggested by Age Scotland/About Dementia and approved by Scottish Ministers shall build capacity within communities to direct and deliver local support offers. It will do this by working with people with lived experience and carers, taking a person-centred, partnership approach to funding delivery and disseminating learning to national and international audience.

The objectives/outcomes of the Grant is to build capacity within communities by learning from and developing existing good practice in community led support, working with people with lived experience and carers.

There are five strands of the programme. These are outlined below:

  • Strand 1: Embedding International learning from Meeting Centres in Scotland (Kirrie Connections).
  • Strand 2: Building sustainability in Dementia Friendly Communities through shared learning (Age Scotland/About Dementia).
  • Strand 3: Empowering Dementia Friendly Communities (open grant application process).
  • Strand 4: Traditional grant fund programme co-produced by people with lived experience.
  • Strand 5: Independent Evaluation of all funding awards.

Specifically, the first three strands will attempt to embed international learning from Meeting Centres in Scotland (Kirrie Connections); build sustainability in Dementia Friendly Communities through shared learning; and work towards empowering Dementia Friendly Communities. Strand 4 will focus on inspiring grassroots community activities through smaller grants and funding, while strand 5 will independently evaluate and support the dissemination of learning nationally, with other nations of the UK and internationally. All strands of the proposal embed a commitment to include people with lived experience in the shaping and delivery of work.

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