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March 2017

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Running a one-off grants programme with £1,000-£12,000 available for projects supporting older people. Preference for work with dementia but any project for older people which improves quality of life and addresses isolation & loneliness.
Closing date for applications: 31st March 2017.  
Further details: T: 020 7264 4990  W:

Archive: February 2017

WG Edwards Charitable Foundation

Focusing on Health & Welfare & Community Innovation, this grant aims to support initiatives which benefit over 65’s. Examples given are IT classes, exercise sessions, lunch clubs & day trips. Plus refurbishment of residential care for elderly & equipment/furniture which enhances quality of life. Average grant is £2,200 with an application letter is required which details your groups & your project plans requiring funding. Next closing date for applications is 10th March, followed by 10th June 2017.

Additional information available from Tamzin Mackie:

Archive: January 2017

Arts & Older People Programme 

The latest recipients of the Arts & Older People programme grants are highlighted below with 38 applications were received & 21 projects awarded funding totalling £135,000. The next round of grants will open in June 2017.  Additional information available from Lorraine Calderwood at the Arts Council N.Ireland.

T: 028 9262 3555  E:  W:

Group Project Amount
Live Music Now Sharing through songs of the people £7,910
Derry City & Strabane District Council Arts for the Third Age: Music to Your Ears II £8,400
Streetwise Community Circus Age-ility Circus £6,580
Oh Yeah Shake, Rattle & Roll £8,200
Age NI Everyday Loneliness £7,635
Arts & Disability Forum Art & Biscuits 2 £9,055
Bardic Educational Arts & Media Young at heART £7,500
Waterside Theatre Company Telling Tales Theatre Company £6,860
Open Arts Words of Wisdom £8,000
Eastside Arts Re-Generations £6,576
Prime Cut Productions Not Myself £15,400
Killyclogher Senior Citizens Club Art Matters £5,179.15
Down Community Arts I Was I Am £4,370
Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre Dance Leaders £6,775
Causeway Coast & Glen Borough Council Mosaic of Life £8,600
Big Telly Theatre Company Glenfest £7,500
Play Resource Warehouse A Picture Paints a Thousand Words £6,642
West Bann Development Voice of Im-Age £2,157
Lisnafin/Ardnalee/Truss Dev Association Strabane memories in Ceramics £1,025
Action Mental Health Shared HistoriesShared Histories £6,702
Beth Johnston Foundation Havin a Yarn £5,000

December 2016

Halifax Foundation for N.Ireland 

Formerly Lloyds Bank Foundation for N.Ireland, Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland offers grants ranging from £500-£5,000 average approx £3,000. Further details & their online application form. Or to arrange a pre-application meetings contact:
T: 028 9032 3000  W:

Previously funded age sector projects 2016:

Group Project Amount
Ballymoney Community Resource Centre 21st Century Ageing £2000
Banbridge Arthritis Care Lessons using iPads £2676
Broughshane & District Community Association 'Recycled Teenagers' £1980
Causeway Older Active Strategic Team (COAST) Positive Ageing Month £3000
Cloughmills Cultural & Historical Society Craft, historical and physical activities for older people £930
Donaghmore District Community Association Active Balance £3250
Donemana Haven Older People £2000
Douglas Bridge Cross Community Association ltd Supporting Older People £2000
Drumragh Evergreen Senior Citizens Club Luncheon Club £1000
Good Morning Down One Senior Telephone Carer/Administrator Post plus Rent assistance £3473
Good Morning East Antrim Support with our telephone costs £3400
Greater Glen Women's Group Women's Educational Programme £3500
Richmount Rural Community Association Richmount Elders £3500
Shopmobility Mid Ulster Shopmobility Mid Ulster £4000
Springfield Charitable Association SCA Volunteer Project £3000
St. Patrick's Flower Arranging Club The enhancement of current activities for Club and prospective members. £2000


November 2016

Percy Bilton Charity Fund

This charity fund aims to support day centres, nursing and residential homes, sheltered accommodation and respite care for the frail or sufferers from dementia or age related disorders.  Projects to encourage older people to maintain their independence can apply for grants from £500 or if you are a registered charity you can apply up to a maximum of £5,000 with a preference for funding for furniture or equipment (kitchen equipment, recreational equipment etc).

Further details: The Percy Bilton Charity
E:  T: 020 8579 2829

October 2016

Free seminars on reporting to Charity Commission NI

The NI Developing Governance Group in association with the Charity Commission NI and local support networks are offering free seminars focusing on the new accounting and reporting rules and regulations.  These will be held during October & November in various venues. 

Details of your nearest event:

September 2016

Age NI Steps to Funding programme

This Funding Ezine is produced as part of the Age NI ‘Steps to Funding’ programme – funded by Comic Relief. Our latest infographic outlining the difference that we have made is now available at

Further details available: EJ Havlin
T: 07435 968 376  E: 

July 2016

Telecommunity Fund

The Fund was established with capital from BT, management & unions, to support small, locally based groups delivering activities in their communities. You do not have to be a registered charity to apply but will need to have a constitution. There is no exact closing date so you can apply when you are ready with your application. Specific aim to support older people and previous successes include the Lisburn Retired Civil Services group who were awarded £1,500, also Gillygooley 2nd Youth and Sandy Row Seniors have received funding. They will support grants minimum of £500 but generally £1,000.

Further details & application form:  T: 028 9024 5927

June 2016

Royal British Legion External Grants

Grant aid for projects supporting the elderly run by groups with charitable registration, which benefit ex-service personnel &/or their families. Next deadline: 12th August & 1st November 2016. They haven’t had any applications from N.Ireland yet!
The fund started last year and has supported:

  • Memory cafes for ex-Service personnel with dementia
  • Concerts/afternoon teas/live music sessions in care homes
  • Training volunteers to befriend and mentor socially-isolated veterans
  • Peer support for older veterans who have been in prison and are now homeless
  • Purchase of a computer and specialist communication accessories for elderly veterans residing in sheltered housing

Further info: Richard Hanson External Grants Officer
The Royal British Legion, 199 Borough High Street, London SE1 1AA

May 2016

Older People’s Fund (previously the Turkington Fund)

The Older People’s Fund, established in recognition & celebration of older people’s contribution to society. Grants available £500-£3,000. Closing date 27th May 2016.

Contact: T: 028 9024 5927  W:!apply/q2f5q

Funding for locally based community projects that are planned and run by and for older people:

  • Reduce isolation and vulnerability of older people;
  • Focus on the positive contribution of older people within the community;
  • Enable active participation of older people in community decision-making and addressing local issues;
  • Help get older people engaged in taking community action where it hasn’t happened before;
  • Reasonable costs for refreshments will only be considered if essential to the project.

April 2016

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland

Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland supports underfunded, grassroots charities in Northern Ireland to enable disadvantaged or disabled people to participate actively in their communities. During 2015 the Foundation, formerly known as Lloyds Banking Group, supported in access of 600 projects here in Northern Ireland.

Grants range from £500-£5,000, the average grant being approximately £3,000. To find out more information, go to the Foundation website where you can access guidance notes and an online application form. The Foundation staff also offer pre-application meetings which can be booked through the office. You can speak to a member of the grants team via T: 028 9032 3000.

March 2016

Heritage Lottery Fund

Grants from £3,000 to fund a wide range of projects which make a lasting difference for heritage, communities and people.  The ‘Sharing Heritage’ programme offers grants form £3,000-£10,000 with a short application form & quick decision process. 

Other programmes: The theme of community heritage can look at local legends, events and anything that makes your area worth celebrating.  Cultures & memories theme could include a project which delves into peoples memories from farming methods to oral history, local traditions/crafts to music & dance . 

Over the last 21 years Heritage Lottery Fund in N.Ireland have distributed grants totalling over £21million ranging from major city refurbishments eg. Armagh City will see £1.98 million for Townscape Heritage award, Laurencetown Lenaderg & Tullylish Community Association ‘Rings of Time’ project recorded oral histories to make an archive to capture the villages social & cultural history. 

For information on how to apply contact:
T: 028 9031 0120  E:  W:

Further information

For more information: Age NI 028 9024 5729