£1000 Grant available for Older people's groups

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The Community Foundation NI are celebrating their 40th anniversary and in recognition of this they are launching the Older People’s Fund Micro Grant programme.

 Up to 40 groups who support older people can access up to £1000 for project support at an event organised by the Community Foundation NI.


Who can Apply?

The grant will be available for:

•         Fully constituted community organisations based within Northern Ireland.

•         In the event of having more applications that we can find priority will be given to groups with income levels of £30,000 or less.



To be in with a chance of receiving the grant your group project must target at least one of the key priorities detailed below:

•         Engaging older people to take community action where it hasn’t happened before.

•         Enabling active participation of older people in the community in decision-making, and addressing of issues facing their sector.

•         Reducing isolation and vulnerability of older people and carers, through supporting participation in activities where they haven’t happened before.

•         Reducing the fear of crime amongst older people.

•         Encouraging and supporting independence of older people.

•         Improving health and well being, and supporting older people to remain in their homes.

•         Supporting older people to keep warm.

•         Supporting older people to access a nutritious meal.

•         Reducing potential for age discrimination, and/or abuse.

•         Enabling older people to access technology, and to potential benefits and entitlements that they may not be aware of.


•         You are a locally based not-for-profit, voluntary or community group working in Northern Ireland to improve the quality of life for local people

•         You have an active management committee

•         You have a current in credit bank account in the name of your organisation

•         You have up to date annual accounts

•         You have complied with the conditions of previous grants including submission of monitoring returns.


The grants available can be up to £1000 and can be used for the following:

•         Running costs, such as sessional costs for tutors, venue hire, transport.

•         Capital costs are eligible, if essential to the work of the applicant organisation, and if address at least one of the key priorities.

•         An end of grant monitoring report must be submitted upon completion of the project.


The grants cannot be used for:

•         Trips outside of Northern Ireland

•         Applications from individuals

•         Projects lasting longer than twelve months

•         Purchase of vehicles

•         Holiday schemes

•         Parties and shopping trips

•         Promotion of religion

•         Party political activity

•         Applications from statutory organisations


The fund will be open for applications from 2nd September 2019 and will close at 1pm on 30th September 2019.

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Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 - 13:56