Dementia Friendly Communities Fund

Grant Type Core costs & project costs
Status Closed
Applications accepted from Social Enterprises? Yes
Maximum grant available £2,000 - £5,000

Brief Description

Grants to support the work of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and parish councils that are working to create a greater awareness and understanding of dementia in our communities, and supporting individuals with dementia and their carers.

There will be further panels held throughout the year.


The Dementia Friendly Communities Grant Programme has been created by Suffolk County Council and aims to support communities to become dementia friendly. The objective is to create a greater awareness and understanding of dementia in our communities and that those individuals with dementia and their carers feel supported to remain independent and have choice and control over their lives.

Funding available:

Up to £5,000 for activities within communities that can deliver a greater awareness and understanding of dementia or support to those affected by dementia including carers, so that they can remain independent and have choice and control over their lives.

Activities may include those that achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Raising community confidence in supporting people with dementia to ensure that communities, businesses and services can respond respectfully to the challenges that dementia brings – this could be through the celebration of the contribution of those with dementia, or challenging stigma or increasing knowledge.
  • Effective signposting to services that support people affected by dementia and their family carers, especially for those in hard to reach groups
  • Community based solutions that support people affected by dementia, increasing their independence and enable them to engage in community life.

Local Dementia Action Alliances are welcome to apply to address an element of their action plan where evidence of need, costings and outcomes can be shown and it meets part of the above criteria.

This fund does not support the cost of research.


This funding is open to charities, community groups and social enterprises who have charitable objectives as their key purpose.  They will be delivering services in the community that support those Living with Dementia.  Town and parish councils in Suffolk are eligible to apply on behalf of small groups who may not have a constitution and thereby act as an umbrella for community action.

As this fund is about supporting those with dementia in the community and enabling them to be independent for longer, applications from care homes are excluded.

We also welcome applications from local Dementia Action Alliances (DAA), where these groups have signed up to the National Dementia Declaration & are registered with a page on the DAA website. Groups should also meet the eligibility criteria around governance and bank accounts or be working with their town or parish council who can operate as an umbrella for their community action.

Please read our grantmaking guidelines before completing an application form to ensure you are eligible.


The Dementia Friendly Communities Grant Programme has been created by Suffolk County Council to fund programmes and projects which aim to support an understanding of dementia in its widest terms and work at community level to make a difference to those experiencing the illness at first hand.

Dementia has been recognised as one of the single biggest health issues we face. It is anticipated that people living with dementia will more than double between 2012 and 2051. Currently around one third of those affected live on their own and over two thirds of people who live in care have been diagnosed with the illness. Nationally, family carers contribute 1.34million unpaid care hours equating to approximately £11.6 billion.

Health profiles in Suffolk show that we are living longer, with an expected increase of 75,000 people over 65 between 2012 and 2030. With this growth comes a proportionate increase in those likely to be diagnosed with dementia: 33% over current levels. It should be noted that dementia affects many younger adults too.

In Suffolk, we have an extensive network of organisations providing support to those affected by dementia.   In addition, the Dementia Friendly Communities campaign, led since 2012 by the Dementia Action Alliance, identified the need for families, communities and organisations to work together to transform the quality of life for those affected by dementia.

The National Dementia Action Alliance aims to bring about a society-wide response to dementia. It encourages and supports communities and organisations across England to take practical actions to enable people to live well with dementia and reduce the risk of costly crisis intervention. To help spark and support this collaborative working, the National Alliance provides a support, a development framework and accreditation to local community groups seeking to establish local dementia action alliances, to help people with dementia and their carers overcome the barriers they face in engaging with, and being supported by, their local communities.

This funding seeks to help create dementia-friendly communities, where “people with dementia are empowered to have high aspirations and feel confident, knowing they can contribute and participate in activities which are meaningful to them” (Building dementia-friendly communities: a priority for everyone. 2013 The Alzheimer’s Society)

The Fund will build on the objectives within the following publications:

  • Working towards Suffolk being a dementia friendly community – Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board paper 15 January 2015
  • Building dementia-friendly communities: a priority for everyone – 2013 The Alzheimer’s Society
  • Creating a local dementia action alliance – Dementia Action Alliance


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