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Small grants available

A small grants fund has been set up to support organisations to put on events as part of Demystifying Death Week.

Demystifying Death Week (6-12 May 2024) is about giving people knowledge, skills and opportunities to plan and support each other through death, dying, loss and care.

We’re seeking applications for events that take place in DD Week that meet one or more of the following aims:

  • Help people to find ways of dealing with their own experiences of death, dying and bereavement;
  • Help individuals and communities to support those who are experiencing difficult times associated with death, dying and bereavement;
  • Support NHS and social care staff and volunteers to work compassionately and constructively with those who are dying or have been recently bereaved;
  • Help people to make practical preparations for their death, for example Will, Power of Attorney and Future Care Planning;
  • Promote openness/discussion of death, dying and bereavement.

In previous years, events have included lunchtime get-togethers, information stands, film screenings, workshops, discussion groups, planning sessions, crematorium tours, craft sessions, lectures, art exhibitions, and death cafes.

Ideas

Some ideas and resources for people considering holding an event are available here: Hold a DD Week Event

For more ideas, look over past years' activities here.

We recognise that approaches to this are likely to be varied, and encourage creative and innovative ideas that are appropriate to local groups and communities.

Who can apply for the grants?

Any organisation with a bank account can apply for a grant, as long as they are or become members of the Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief alliance. It is free to join and you can do so here. We encourage applications from charities, community groups, care homes, NHS organisations, small businesses, prisons, arts organisations, schools, education institutions and more.

Details

Grants are available for up to £250.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 12pm on Friday 22 March 2024. (We will aim to inform applicants of whether or not they have been successful by 29 March, but please let us know if you need a decision earlier.)

A short grant application form and guidance notes for applicants are provided below.

APPLICATION FORM

GUIDANCE FOR APPLICANTS

Any information received as part of a grant application will be covered by SPPC's Privacy Policy, which you can read in detail here.

Come along to an information session to find out more

Come along to an informal Lunchtime Chat session to hear more about the funding process and get some inspiration about events that you could host. Whether you work in a care home, the third sector, public sector, community organisations, or are looking to do something with friends and neighbours, everyone is welcome!

The session will take place on Monday 4th March at 1pm. If you'd like to come, please email samara@palliativecarescotland.org.uk

Photo credit: Micheile Henderson via Unsplash

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