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Funding: Independent Age Grants Fund – Older People

May 21, 2020

Independent Age Grants Fund
Reaching older people most likely to be missing out – now and beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus has changed the lives of everyone in the UK, but this is particularly true for our older generation who remain amongst the most affected. Before coronavirus struck the nation, Independent Age was exploring how to strengthen collaboration with older people and local organisations with the aim of shaping a more active role in supporting communities. But right now, our focus must be directed towards the current crisis. We can’t do this alone which is why our trustees have released £2 million from Independent Age’s funds to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus.


  1. Older people living in particularly complex and challenging situations
    We want to help organisations providing targeted, practical services for older people
    who are managing additional difficulties in their lives. They may have no network of
    family, friends or community to call on; have a disability or long-term health condition;
    be caring for a dependant adult with learning disabilities or dementia or be facing other
    circumstances that make it harder to manage at this challenging time. We want to help
    make sure that they can get the support they need to stay safe, healthy and connected
    with others during the difficult months ahead.

2. Older people in danger of being out of sight and out of mind
We want to help organisations connecting with older people who are very isolated and
most at risk of missing out on the help available from government or charities (like our
own) that serve a very wide client group. They may be part of an isolated, neglected or
very poor community, be facing stigma or discrimination or have needs which make it
hard for them to access services, perhaps because they are homeless, live with HIV or are
hidden from view in an abusive relationship. We want to help make sure that the needs
of these groups of older people are understood and met.

There will be four rounds of grant-making, with £500,000 available in each of June, July, August and September.

Full details: https://www.independentage.org/community/grants-fund

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