Grant applications

Applications are now open! Below is some information about how to apply for a grant from Dementia Australia’s Dementia-Friendly Communities Program. If you are unsure about your eligibility, your proposed project’s fit against our criteria, or if you have general questions about the program, please email

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About the Dementia-Friendly Communities Community Engagement Program

The Community Engagement Program (CEP) aims to collaborate with and support local not-for-profit community associations and groups to develop dementia-friendly communities projects that engage community interest, in-kind contributions and existing resources. The program aims to achieve a national reach with projects in every state/territory. 

The aims of the Community Engagement Program (CEP) are:

  • To increase the number of Australian communities that welcome and accept people living with dementia, and enable them to live the life they choose and engage in the activities that are important to them
  • To demonstrate the practical application of dementia-friendly principles in diverse Australian communities
  • To create new resources that compliment those already available from Dementia Australia for use by other communities and which meet the needs of people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Through this round of funding, the Community Engagement Program (CEP) will provide up to $15,000 towards projects that involve people living with dementia and that focus on one or more of the following key principles:

  1. Challenge stigma and build understanding of dementia.
  2. Provide accessible community activities for people with dementia
  3. Acknowledge the potential of people with dementia
  4. Ensure  timely diagnosis of dementia
  5. Provide practical support for both the person living with dementia and their care partner to enable engagement in community life
  6. Offer community-based solutions helping people to live in their own home for longer
  7. Support consistent and reliable travel options
  8. Promote easy to navigate environments 
  9. Enable respectful and responsive business and services

Case study examples of previous Community Engagement Program projects can be found below:

Creating dementia-friendly swimming experiences – ACH Group, Adelaide

Woowookarung Regional Park sensory trail - Ballarat

A full list of previous grant recipients can be found here.


Community Engagement Program (CEP) grant funding is open to applications from:

  • Local not-for-profit community associations and groups, and;
  • Large community organisations and health service providers ONLY in relation to proposals focused upon the development of an independent community dementia alliance.

While aged care providers have previously received funding to support community-based projects, the criteria have now changed. For more information please see the important information for aged care providers, below.

The selection process will prioritise applications that meet the following criteria: 

  • Involve people living with dementia and their carers in the design and delivery of the project
  • Are delivered collaboratively through local partnerships with dementia alliances, councils, businesses, education and community organisations
  • Meet the needs of the following communities:
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
    • CALD communities
    • Rural and remote communities
  • Serve geographical areas under-represented in the previous two funding rounds e.g. South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania

Important Information for Aged Care Providers

The Dementia-Friendly Communities program, including the Community Engagement Program, supports community organisations and local businesses to work towards becoming dementia-friendly. The program has not been designed for use by the aged care sector who have, as a core responsibility of their service model, the provision of support and care to people living with dementia. 

Aged care providers wishing to improve their capacity to provide support and care to people living with dementia are encouraged to approach the Centre for Dementia Learning at Dementia Australia. We have a comprehensive suite of education and consultancy programs specifically designed to meet the needs of aged care providers and their workforce.

The Dementia-Friendly Communities program is keen to support good corporate citizenship within the aged care sector and encourages aged care providers to contribute to the work of their local dementia alliance. As local leaders in quality care, aged care providers have significant expertise to offer these groups, who are working towards the creation of a more inclusive community for people living with dementia and their carers.

Available funding

To support the development of local dementia-friendly community activity, grants of up to $15,000 each are available. Funding will support new project activity for 12 months. Funds can be used to cover the costs of salaries, printing, postage, supplies and small equipment. Administration overheads, construction and large equipment costs are ineligible. 

How to apply and the selection process

Application via Expression of interest should be submitted through the form below. All applications will be reviewed by Dementia Australia and members of the Dementia-Friendly Communities Dementia Advisory Group, a group of people living with dementia, their family and carers.  Expressions of interest must be received before COB 30 April 2020. Late applications will not be considered. 

Applications will be evaluated to see how they meet the:

  • aims of the Community Engagement Program
  • key principles of dementia-friendly communities
  • Community Engagement Program eligibility criteria

Successful applicants will be invited to draft a 12-month project work plan to describe how they will achieve the project set out on their Expression of Interest. Due to the challenges that the current novel corona virus outbreak may pose to dementia-friendly project implementation, we will work with each successful applicant individually to develop a realistic project work plan.

Dementia Australia staff are able to provide support to organisations with the development of their project work plans.

Applicants must be willing to work collaboratively on evaluation activities as required, and work with Dementia Australia on appropriate promotion of their projects through and any other channels as appropriate.

Timeframes and deliverables

Action Date
Expressions of interest open 27 February 2020
Expressions of interest close 30 April 2020
Funding offers made From July 2020
Work plan finalisation and contracts signed 30 August 2020
Project funding begins Negotiable
Project funding finishes 12 months after commencement
Final project report due 1 month after completion


For more information or support please contact us at:

The Dementia-Friendly Communities Program is an initiative of Dementia Australia and is funded by the Federal Department of Health.

Expressions of interest form

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