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The Older People’s Fund Micro Grant

By Older People’s Fund


Introduction:

Our Older People’s Fund offers funding for projects that are planned and run by and for older people.

In celebration of our 40th anniversary and in recognition of the needs of older people, we are launching a new Older People’s Fund, Micro Grant Programme.

We will celebrate the great work that groups supporting older people are doing by awarding 40 groups £1,000 – One project for every year that the Foundation has been in existence supporting communities in Northern Ireland.

The Micro Grant Programme is a fund with a simple, and fun application process. Groups supporting older people, can access up to £1,000 for project support and shortlisted groups will be chosen at an event organised by the Community Foundation. We aim to choose up to 40 projects, awarding £40,000. 

Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply your 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.

Size of Grant:

Grants available: Up to £1,000

What can be supported?

  • 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.

Who can apply?

  • 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.

There are some general things that our grant aid 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 Community Foundation will not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes. Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy. We will not therefore fund organisations or activities which we determine are linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.

Closing dates and awarding of grants:

The fund will be open for applications from 9am on 2nd September 2019 and will close at 1pm on 30th September 2019.

The Community Foundation intends to award this fund in quite an innovative way, where each eligible and shortlisted application, will be invited to attend an event held by the Community Foundation. All of those shortlisted applications invited will be added to a hat. The first forty applicants chosen will be awarded financial support. Any remaining applications will not be awarded financial support at this time.

  • 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.

If you are unsure about any of the above text or have any other queries then please contact the Grants Team via e-mail applications@communityfoundationni.org


Closing Date: Sep 30, 2019 13:00

Sep 30, 2019 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Up to £1,000

  • Priorities:

  • Provision of small grants to support independence, isolation and safety issues, and encourage older people to live active lives.

Ready To Apply?

Apply Now

Apply Here

The fund will be open for applications from 9am on 2nd September 2019 and will close at 1pm on 30th September 2019.

Apply online by clicking the following link:

Who to speak to

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Grants Team

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Grants Team
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Grants Team

If you are unsure about any of the above, or have any other queries, then please contact the Grants Team

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