The Cabinet Office has launched a £1m fund that will give grants to organisations working on schemes that support people at the end of their lives.
The Social Action End of Life Support Fund will provide funding to existing projects in England that use volunteers to provide compassionate support to people who are dying and their families.
This includes reducing isolation, meeting emotional needs and maintaining connections with networks in the community.
The scheme will be managed by Hospice UK, the membership body for organisations providing hospice care, which recently changed its name from Help the Hospices.
There is no minimum or maximum grant size, but the Cabinet Office said that it expected grants would be of £50,000 or more.
Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: "Many people who are dying have complex needs, yet sometimes all it takes is a friendly face or a hand to hold to brighten someone’s day. Even help with small but important tasks – such as doing the washing, fetching someone’s groceries or helping people stay connected to the community – can make a huge difference to a person’s life.
"That is why today we are announcing more support to help people live with dignity and compassion towards the end of their lives."
For more information and to make an application, click here. Applications must be made by 5pm on 7 November.