Independent Age launches £2m fund for smaller charities

There will be four rounds for distribution of the fund, designed for small charities that are working with older people who might be overlooked during the pandemic

Small charities working with older people in challenging situations or who could be overlooked during the Covid-19 crisis are being invited to apply for a share of £2m by Independent Age.

The national older people’s charity plans to run four funding rounds, offering a total of £500,000 in June, July, August and September to charities across the UK working with older people affected by Covid-19. 

The charity wants to focus on projects working with two groups of people, the first being older people living in complex and challenging situations, such as those with no family or friendship network, those with disabilities or long-term health conditions or those caring for dependent adults.

The second group is those older people the charity says are in danger of being “out of sight and out of mind”: those who are particularly isolated or have needs that make it hard for them to access services such as homelessness, HIV or living in abusive relationships.

The first funding round is open now and the charity is planning to make up to 200 grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 from the scheme overall. 

Deborah Alsina, chief executive of Independent Age, said: “The Covid-19 crisis has changed life for all of us, but older people are among the hardest hit.

“Tremendous efforts are being made across the UK to make sure that older people get the practical help they need and can stay safe, healthy, connected and contributing during a long period of socially isolating.

“At the same time, we know many local charities are facing a challenging fundraising environment at the same time as they have an unequalled demand for their services.

“We will support any kind of work that charities believe will make a real and immediate difference to older people. You know your communities and the older people that need help, and we trust your judgement about what the priorities are and where the money is best spent.”

To be eligible for a grant, an organisation must be a registered charity, have at least one paid staff member and already be working in one or both of the fund’s priority areas.

The first round will close at 9am on 4 June, the second on 2 July, the third on 21 August and the fourth on 18 September.

More information can be found here.

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