Memory Activity and Support Group Grant – Terms and Conditions

Please read the Memory Activity and Support Groups Grant Terms and Conditions CAREFULLY.
Most applications we turn down are those that don’t meet the eligibility criteria. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you read the Eligibility Criteria and Exclusions sections carefully. If you need help with your application, please call us on 01736 756655 or email

Purpose of the grants

Memory Activity & Support Groups
This grant can fund dementia support groups/ organisations and memory cafés. It can award funds towards a group’s running costs, including workshops and activities that enhance the wellbeing of people with dementia. It aims to:

  • Provide those living with dementia access to activities and support
  • Assist the development and sustainability of self-support groups
  • Support groups to help people to self-manage their health and wellbeing, improve people’s experience of care, reduce social isolation, increase confidence and improve independent living skills

Terms and Conditions

Eligibility Criteria

  • Groups must have a minimum of 4 people.
  • Groups must be based in Cornwall and only benefit residents of the county.
  • Groups must link to a professional or recognised organisation which can vouch for or provide a reference for the group.
  • Formal groups must have a steering group or committee (e.g. Secretary or Treasurer) and provide details of this.
  • Formal groups must have Public Liability Insurance. New groups can use the grant to fund this.

Your funding request

  • Groups can apply for a grant to a maximum of £1000 per year (1st July 2021 to 30 June 2022).
  • Formal groups (with a group bank account and a committee) may also apply for an additional amount of up to £500 if they are purchasing internet-enabled devices to be loaned out to group members.
  • New groups can initially apply for a start-up grant of £500 for ongoing running costs then apply again at a later date for further funds if required.
  • Organisations must not be commissioned by Cornwall Council, IoS Council or NHS Kernow to provide these activities.

Exclusions (what this grant cannot pay for)

  • Travel expenses, expenses to attend meetings, unless under exceptional circumstances to be agreed by the group.
  • Overnight accommodation costs are not permitted.
  • Food and drink are not permitted.
  • Groups cannot apply if they do not support at least 4 people.
  • Groups must not be commissioned by Cornwall Council, NHS Kernow or IOS Council.
  • Items and activities already paid for cannot be reimbursed through this grant.
  • Applications from groups who have had a grant from us before and who have not submitted their feedback report and all relevant receipts.


Completing your application form

  • Groups must demonstrate that they support people who have dementia and must explain how they promote their health and wellbeing through their group activity.
  • Applications must also explain how group members will be involved in decisions about the planned activities.  For example an activity plan.
  • Groups must provide details of the intended expenditure, explaining all costs and any eligible related expenditure.

Additional documentation

  • Evidence of listed costs should be submitted with your application, e.g. specific website links relating to your items, or scans/ photocopies of catalogue pages, quotes, etc.
  • If you have applied to this grant before, we must have received a feedback report and relevant receipts from you before we can process your application.  If you have not already submitted your report and receipts, please send with this application.  If you are struggling to complete your feedback report please contact us on 01736 756655 or email
  • A reference from a professional who can vouch for your group and who support your application must be submitted with your application.

Next steps

Once we have received your application we will check it meets the above criteria; we may contact you by telephone to discuss the application in more detail. Therefore, please ensure the contact provided is available during office hours and has knowledge of your group. We recommend that you take a copy of your application form, as you will need to refer to it if we have any queries and when completing your feedback report. Following this initial check, your application will go before the grant panel who will decide on its eligibility for funding.

How your application will be assessed

The grant panel will meet regularly.  The panel members assess each application using a checklist based on the grant eligibility criteria and exclusions.  If you wish to see the checklist please request via email at

You will be notified of the outcome of your application within 7 working days of the assessment and, if successful, an offer letter will be sent via email outlining any conditions of your grant. Decisions by the panel are final and there is no right of appeal.

If you are unhappy with the panel’s decision

If you do not agree with the decision made by the grant panel, please contact the grant manager.  They will of course want to resolve any issues quickly and efficiently.

Please email:

Change of grant use

The grant must be spent for the approved purpose and failure to do so could result in a request for funds to be returned. If your circumstances change and you wish to amend your original activity, you must notify CRCC in writing detailing the proposed change and await approval by the grant manager before proceeding with the new activity.  Email:

Feedback reporting

Applicants must agree to complete a feedback report, as and when requested. For annual group running costs, feedback must be received by 30 June 2022; for one-off events or activities, feedback must be received within 3 months after the event/ activity has taken place.

All feedback must be on a standard form supplied by CRCC.  Your feedback is used by us to report back to Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow on the progress of the grant programme, therefore reports must be completed as requested. We are always delighted to receive photographs of group activities and these may be included in the documents we send to the grant commissioners. Please obtain permission from any persons in any photographs before sending to us.

When returning the form please include copies of receipts and invoices obtained for all items purchased. No further grant applications will be considered until this has been received and approved by CRCC.

Need more information?

If you need more information please contact:


CRCC, The Chambers, 1st Floor, Penryn Street, Redruth TR15 2SP

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