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Local Authority Grant Scheme

The overarching purpose of the grant is to enable local authorities to ensure links in each local authority area to the Friends in Need Programme, both the formal and informal volunteer roles and to ensure that Friends in Need can add value or dovetails to existing programmes. 

It's envisaged that the grant will be used for activities such as (but not limited to) providing training for volunteers, increasing capacity for existing programmes of work, supporting the development of digital skills to increase inclusions.

Age Cymru will be responsible for distributing the identified grant funds to local authorities, for example, to add capacity to community connectors.  

Grant priorities will be agreed by the project steering group and administration will be carried by Age Cymru.

Who can access the funds?

The £285,000 funding is for all local authorities in Wales. It's the intention that each local authority area will benefit from this fund. It's proposed that the fund is distributed equally, although authorities can choose to pool this with colleagues.

Age Cymru is responsible for the appropriate use of the fund and we need to be able to demonstrate the impact the funds have had on older people at this time.  Therefore local authorities will be asked

  • To tell us how the funding available to each authority will be spent. They will be expected to be able to demonstrate that they have consulted relevant partners such as the local county voluntary council and that projects add value to existing provision  
  • To provide light touch reporting on the activities undertaken and the outcomes achieved.

We're keen to keep these processes as simple and straightforward as possible.

We would support proposals from local authorities working together.


The deadline for applications is Monday 14 September 2020.

Useful guidance

Please read the funding scheme guidance

How to apply

Please apply online using the links below. Please ensure you read the guide to the Gifts System for applicants before starting your application.

To create an account and begin your application - please to go the grant application form

Once you have created your account, saved the form but not submitted it, and you wish to go back and continue working on it or submit it. Please ensure that you follow this link to your online account to continue your application.

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