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Small Grants 2022

Thu, 28th Jul 2022

Dementia Inclusive Singing Network

NEW small grants round announced!

Small Grants Programme

The Dementia Inclusive Singing Network helps people living with dementia to take part in singing activities across Scotland, and supports leaders and organisers of singing groups and choirs to be dementia inclusive. As COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, the network can also offer advice and support to individuals, groups and organisations that are taking steps to return to in-person and/or hyrbid singing activities. Our support includes awarding small grants.  

This third round of grants is aimed at supporting and encouraging singing groups, to return to face-to-face or hybrid (a mixture of face-to-face and online) singing sessions.  

Our Grants Programme is funded by the Life Changes Trust and Creative Scotland’s Recovery Fund for Organisations. 

Who can apply for a Dementia Inclusive Singing Network Grant?

You can apply for a grant if you: 

  1. Lead or organise regular singing opportunities for people based in Scotland, with a focus on dementia inclusive practice.  
  1. Lead or organise regular singing opportunities for people based in Scotland, and would like your activities to become dementia inclusive. 
  1. Are looking to set up a dementia inclusive choir, singing group or activity, either online or remotely that benefits people living with dementia based in Scotland. 

You can apply for a grant as an individual or on behalf of your group, choir or organisation. 

Anyone who receives a grant is required to follow current Scottish Government Covid regulations and guidance on running and taking part in singing activities. The Scottish Government has several guidance notes that can be referred to as you plan to return to your activities, available at: If you wish to apply for a grant, you must adhere to any changes in Covid-19 restrictions or guidance that occurs across the period of the grant.   

You are also expected to have or put in place all necessary insurances to cover your activities or equipment.  You will not be covered by Luminate’s insurance policies.  We encourage you to take advice from your insurers about what level of cover you need 

How much money is available?

We will award grants of between £200 to £2,000.  We have a total fund of £10,000 available. 

What will we fund?

We will fund new or existing activities to help individuals, groups or organisations to start or return to in-person dementia inclusive singing activities. We will also fund groups to start or improve a programme of online or hybrid (a mixture of face-to-face and online) singing activities. The activities must be aimed at those based in Scotland as Covid 19 restrictions ease. We expect to support a range of activities and purchases, and these might include:

Groups who have had grants in the past used the funds for a variety of activities and purchases, including the production of DVDs and music recordings featuring familiar faces and songs for members, new technology purchases to improve online sessions, professional musician and choir leader fees, and costs associated with holding a Zoom Christmas party (with parcels!) for members.

How will the Dementia Inclusive Singing Network decide on grant awards?

To be considered for a grant you must: 

A panel will carefully consider each application against these five criteria, and will also review your budget to make sure that the activity or purchase is achievable with the funds you have asked for. The panel will include choir leaders, and people living with dementia and their carers. 

If you are considering applying, you might find it useful to read the Signposting Information Sheet. This gives a list of  organisations and guides to help you find ways for people affected by dementia to take part in singing activities both in-person and online.  


The closing date for this round of applications is midday on 1st September.  We will let you know the result of your application by week commencing 26th September 2022.   

How to apply

To apply for a grant, please read the programme information document below and complete and return the application form either:

By email to:

Lottie Brook, Programme Manager at:

By post to:

Lottie Brook, Programme Manager

Luminate, First Floor
Causewayside House
160 Causewayside

Click to open the grants programme information, application form and other useful links:

More information:

If you would like more information or advice, please contact by email at, or by phone on 0131 668 8066. 

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