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July 2017

Awards for All

Providing a quick & easy way to access £500-£10,000 of Big Lottery support, the Awards for All grant is a rolling scheme which means that it has no specific closing date.  A large number of age sector groups have successfully attracted funding to deliver a range of projects from local history, walking groups & art workshops. Awards for All will fund activities which support you to work with local people to bring about positive changes in your community and improve peoples lives.
Further details: T: 028 9055 1455

June 2017

Charles Hayward Foundation

Providing small grants for groups who work with older people through improving quality of life, preventing or reducing isolation & loneliness, and encourage independence.   Grants available up to max £7,000 and applications are considered by a panel who meet every 3 months.

A short application form:
Complete this & send to: Dorothy Napierala, The Charles Hayward Foundation, Hayward House 45 Harrington Gardens, London SW7 4JU

May 2017

Older Peoples Fund

Closing date 15th May 2017, The Older People’s Fund is distributed by Community Foundation for N.Ireland (CFNI) & was previously known as the Turkington Fund.  Providing funding of between £500-£3,000 for locally based community projects planned by, and run for older people. Closing date for applications: 15th May.

Further information: T: 028 9024 5927 or

April 2017

Santander Foundation – Discovery Grants

Providing up to £5,000 to organisations/groups which are doing something to improve knowledge, support skills and experiences, and/or offer solutions to social challenges.  Funding can cover equipment or materials costs. 

Further details: W: 
E: or drop into your local branch of Santander Bank.

Archive: 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

Further information

For more information: Age NI 028 9024 5729

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