Monday, November 30, 2009

Funds for older people

Letters of interest are now being requested from Comic Relief’s Older
People’s Programme. Grants of £15,000 - £40,000 will be available, for
up to three years, UK-wide.

The programme will fund projects targeted at the 65+ age range, with
an interest in applications from older people which address the needs
of those who experience the greatest levels of isolation and
exclusion, e.g. Black and minority ethnic elders, frail older people,
older people with mental health needs, older carers and those on lower

The programme supports older people to bring a positive change to the
community; therefore project must show an active involvement of older
people in the development and delivery of the project. Projects must
deliver one or more of the following outcomes:

* Increase in the participation of older people to effect positive change

* Increase in the involvement of older people who are the most excluded

* A decrease in older people’s feelings of isolation.

Examples of possible projects from the website include:

* Bringing generations together to learn from each other through,
for example, the creative arts or IT

* Older people acting as a resource to other older people and
supporting those who may be less physically and mentally able

* Projects that are engaging hard to reach groups such as Black
and minority ethnic elders

* Activities, which generate profits to further social or
environmental goals, such as community cafes, run by older people.

Grants will not be made to individual older people or for services,
which statutory bodies have a duty to provide.

The deadline for letters of interest is Monday 11 January 2010.
Letters of interest are requested to be emailed. If your application
is chosen for further consideration you will be contacted by the
middle of January 2010.

For more information or to discuss your project contact Comic Relief
by email ( or telephone, 020 7820 5555, or
visit the website here: