Advance Care Planning Seeds Grants Up to £2000 available

18th February 2022

The last two years have been challenging for all. The pandemic increased the number of people who died in Northern Ireland. It disrupted the funerals of those who died from other causes and how we could grieve. It impacted how care could be offered. It created all sorts of losses big and small in people’s lives. It brought what really matters to people into sharp focus.

We are inviting communities to reflect on this. To use their creativity to show each other what matters and how we might keep that central in our lives and planning for our futures.

This new Seed Grant programme offers supports for creative responses from communities across Northern Ireland seeking to reflect on their experience of the pandemic, and plan ahead.

Advance Care Planning Seed Grants are to support creative projects which encourage people to start conversations about their future wishes, now, What is most important to us? How can those things most vital to us remain central to our lives?

The call out is designed to encourage as wide a group of people as possible to apply with a simple application process and lots of support.

What to do next:

 

 Successful applicants will receive:

1)         Up to £2000 Seed Grant.

2)         Bespoke support to developing their initial idea by the end of March 2022

3)         Peer support to enable your project to be delivered in 2022.

4)         Opportunity to showcase your community and its idea.

 

Corrina Grimes Regional Advance Care Planning Lead said

“The pandemic has heightened our sense that personal situations can change quickly. While progressing the draft Policy on the Advance Care we often we heard where people had planned ahead, and how this had alleviated anxiety at end of life. Sadly there was also the experiences of people who hadn’t had conversations, that had extra distress in difficult times. The Seed Grants invite people and communities to explore how they might start planning now”

 “People use creativity and the arts to make meaning, or make space where difficult things such as dying, death and bereavement can be explored. The potential of the arts and creativity to encourage meaningful conversation has been known for centuries. How can we use this now to help us plan ahead?” Dominic Campbell, Arts & Cultural Advisor.

 

Application Process;   

Grants of up to £2,000 are available with up to 15 awards on offer.

Application form attached and also available from here

Please send any queries to saika.akram@hscni.net

 

The ambition is for people to find out more and normalise conversations about Advance Care Planning. Resources cannot be used to fund profit making initiatives or fundraisers. For details see https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/what-advance-care-planning

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