supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering
Cost of living grant for older people
In response to the cost-of-living crisis, Independent Age is looking to provide 25 grants of £40,000 (£1million total) to charities and community organisations to get more money into the pockets of older people and help ensure they do not have to choose between buying food to eat and heating their home this winter. Projects must be in addition to or an extension of existing work – it cannot fund business-as-usual projects.
This fund will support projects like:
advice and information initiatives – such as helplines, drop-in sessions or community outreach work – that provide guidance to establish whether someone is entitled to relevant benefits
active support programmes that, through guidance to fill in forms and the like, help over 65s to claim benefits they are entitled to
budgeting advice and/or support to access better energy deals
debt advice, where an organisation is appropriately registered to give this
short-term help, such as access to grants to deal with one-off costs or emergencies or subsidised property maintenance, for older people already struggling financially.
Who can apply
Grants are available to registered and exempt UK charities, CIOs and CICs, with annual turnovers exceeding £100,000, or partnerships/collaboratives where the lead body meets these criteria. Priority will be given to smaller organisations and those embedded in the communities we are particularly targeting for this fund.
Independent age is not able to fund individuals directly, or provide funds for capital investment, such as building projects, through this programme.
See the guidance for more information about the eligibility and prioritisation criteria for the fund.