Grant Available to Support Local Winter Work

Find out how you can apply for the new Winter Campaign Grant Scheme introduced by Age UK’s Health Influencing Team.

The Age UK Health Influencing team is excited to introduce its new Winter Campaign Grant Scheme for the Age UK Network! This new opportunity offers the chance for Age UK Brand Partners to apply for a Winter Grant (between £500 and £2000) to support your current local winter work or upcoming initiatives relating to supporting older people through the winter 2021-22.

We are looking for work, or ideas which cover one or a combination of the following:

  • sharing of Age UK’s key winter messages and resources which were recently shared in our winter campaign packs
  • increase the uptake of winter vaccinations (there are some suggestions within the winter campaign pack)
  • practical support for older people in the winter months

Selection criteria

Depending on the number of applications we receive, we may not be able to fulfil all applications. Our selection criteria will prioritise the following:

  • Areas where vaccination uptake levels are lowest
  • Work which addresses health inequalities

Key information

  • We’ve attached an application form below which should be returned by 1st December 2021.
  • All grant funded work should be completed by end of March 2022.
  • Reporting will be limited but we will require an account of what the grant money was spent on and the impact of the work or initiative.

Please submit your applications to healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk or contact us if you have any questions.

Deadline Extended for Dementia Programme Grant Funding!

The deadline to apply for the second round of grant funding for the Dementia MCST Programme has been extended to Monday 6th December.

We have extended the deadline for Partners to apply for grant funding for the Dementia MCST Programme, with at least 12 grants still available! We appreciate that this is a very busy time of year, so we hope this extra time will enable more Partners to be part of this exciting programme. The application process remains the same and you can find out full details about the programme, including how to apply, on the Loop here. Applications are now open until midday on Monday 6th December.

We would welcome all applications, however if you feel you are best placed to apply in our final cohort later next year then please let us know here.

If you have any queries about this funding opportunity, then please don’t hesitate to email dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk.

If you have any queries about this funding opportunity, then please email the team on DementiaMCST@ageuk.org.uk. If you’re having any trouble accessing the loop please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

We are very much looking forward to continuing our work with the Age UK Network in making this programme a great success.

The Together Fund – Survey to gauge interest in physical activity funding

We’ve set up a quick survey to gauge Network interest in a new set of physical activity funding from The Together Fund. Find out all about the fund below, along with the link to the survey.

We are looking to gauge interest in a new round of funding to the network through the Tackling Inequalities Fund – now called The Together Fund. Age UK is a National Partner in the Sport England-funded programme and since July 2021 has supported 37 local Age UK partners with 41 grants averaging £4.5k each to provide opportunities for older people to take part in physical activity. Plus, an additional 20 local partners have received TIF funding from other National Partners including Active Partnerships and Versus Arthritis. Find out more about the Together Fund below and please let us know if you would be interested in this funding via this quick survey.

The Together Fund will see additional funding committed to help the four groups that, from Sport England research, are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic and experiencing significant falls in their levels of physical activity: people with long term health conditions, those from lower socio-economic groups, those from culturally diverse communities and those living with a disability. We also know from Age UK’s research that physical activity levels in older people have significantly decreased.

Eligible projects which could be funded include; physical activity sessions and games for people attending day care centres, staff and volunteer training, chair based exercise, yoga and tai chi classes, strong and steady sessions, small items of equipment, walking groups, dancing classes and any activities that will lead to an increase in physical activity levels in older people.  

We would be very grateful if you could fill in the Together Fund survey so we can find out if there is sufficient interest to apply for funding from Sport England for this new programme. The survey is open until 1st December.

Please be aware this form is only intended to determine the general interest for this opportunity, and your answers do not commit you to anything.

You may also be interested in recent Funding & Grants news:

SEIB Giving – Competition from SEIB Insurance Brokers
2022 will be the fifth year of the SEIB Giving campaign that gives small to medium sized charities the opportunity to win up to £12,000 in funding.
Sport England Announce Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund
Sport England's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund aims to use sport and physical activity to tackle inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding.
Reminder – Survey on new programme funding
A reminder that Age UK's Wellbeing Department have created a short survey to find out how to ensure future funded programmes are as beneficial to the Age UK Network as possible.
Local Statistics Tool “LG Inform” – Survey on usefulness to Partners
With the contract for the local statistics tool "LG Inform" up for renewal, Age UK is running a survey to hear from Partners whether LG Inform is useful or not.
New funding available for councils in areas with low vaccine uptake
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced the Community Vaccines Champion scheme. Find out all about the scheme here.
Seeking your input on Loneliness Funding from the Department for Transport
Age UK is considering applying for funding from the Department for Transport which would enable us to distribute grants across the Age UK network. We are seeking thoughts from the network as to where we should focus our application.

Fundraising Bulletin #15 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available. This month’s edition also includes a short survey to gather your feedback on these bulletins.

Welcome to the latest funding bulletin.  This edition has an update on our community fundraising products, a highlight feature on the Age UK Walking Football programme and new grant funding opportunities for local Age UKs. We’d also very much appreciate your feedback on whether the bulletin is working for you by answering five brief survey questions here. Thank you kindly.

You can view or download the Bulletin below and you can take part in our quick survey about the Funding Bulletin by clicking here.


Walking Football Funding Survey

Would your organisation be interested in applying for a third set of Walking Football Funding in Spring/Summer 2022? Please let us know via this survey.

The Age UK Walking Football Programme, funded by the Football Association and Sport England, has helped to set up 77 walking football groups across the Age UK Network to date. We are now looking to gauge interest among Partners in a potential third cohort of funding for the Walking Football programme in Spring/ Summer 2022. Whether you already have walking football groups as part of the programme (or outside of it) and want to expand your provision, or if you haven’t delivered this activity before but would be interested to do so, we would love to hear from you via this short survey. The survey should take less than a minute to complete.

Thank you in advance for your time and if you have any queries or expressions of interest following this, please contact us on walkingfootball@ageuk.org.uk.

Please note that this survey is only intended to understand Partners’ interest in further funding opportunities, and by completing the survey you are not committing to anything.

Still time to apply for Dementia Programme Grant Funding

There’s still time to apply for the second round of grant funding as part of the Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme.

A reminder that grant funding applications for the Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme will close on Monday 1st November. Generous funding from the Association of British Insurers’ Covid-19 Support Fund means that 32 grants of up to £20,000 are available to deliver the only non-drug treatment recommended to improve cognition, independence and well-being for people living with mild to moderate dementia. Find out how to apply below.

MCST takes places on a weekly basis in a group setting and provides its members with the opportunity to take part in meaningful and stimulating activities that are proven to help maintain memory and mental functioning. The groups are also a fun, supportive environment where people can build new friendships and peer support.  

Grants of up to £20,000 are available to set up two MCST groups over a 12-month period, which can be delivered face-to-face, virtually, or one of each. 

Applications open until Monday 1st November, with successful partners commencing set up in January 2022. For information regarding the current Programme, please see our website here.

If you have any queries about this new funding opportunity, then please email the team on DementiaMCST@ageuk.org.uk. If you’re having any trouble accessing the loop please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

We are very much looking forward to continuing our work with the Age UK Network in making this programme a great success.

Update: NHSE Seasonal Surge Support Tender

An update on the NHS England Seasonal Support Tender. Find out how we’re partnering with British Red Cross for this opportunity and how Brand Partners can be involved.

Age UK has partnered with British Red Cross to bid for the NHSE Seasonal Surge Support contract to support patient flow through provision of hospital discharge and community out of hospital wrap around care. You can find out more below about how Brand Partners can be involved, including contact details for any questions you may have at this stage. Due to procurement rules, we are restricted in how much we can say about the tender and the submission at this time, however we will keep you regularly updated about the outcome, which is expected by the 25th of October.

Procurement conditions for this tender required either a single provider or a consortium to have a lead provider. Factoring the ‘all age’ element and other compliance requirements, it was agreed between the partners that British Red Cross would be the lead who, if successful, would sub-contract Age UK and Brand Partners to deliver the contract. Age UK proposes to act as a form of agent on behalf of the lead provider and Brand Partners to support both mobilisation and delivery during the contract period. The plan is to harness the capacity of as many Brand Partners who are willing, along with other voluntary sector providers, to respond to surge demand when and where it presents during the year(s).

In assessing the opportunity, both organisations realised we are stronger together and have a greater competitive edge by presenting a support offer that brings together our collective expertise, capabilities, and resources more effectively to make an even greater difference.

Age UK and British Red Cross have had a close working relationship supporting the NHS over the last three years of winter pressures and during the pandemic. This successful collaboration has helped tens of thousands of people across the country to have safe and supported discharge from hospital and assistance to recover at home, along with out-of-hospital support to prevent admission or readmission. Our aim is to use this contract opportunity to build a longer-term partnership between our organisations to leverage more opportunities, whether procurement driven or innovation led. Such a partnership should help our organisations to achieve our respective and collective purpose to help people recover from crisis and to support older people to achieve and maintain their independence and wellbeing.

For Brand Partners, we hope that this opportunity and partnership presents real benefits, not least the ability to scale your services and solutions to those most in need, tackle health inequalities, gain additional funding for prevention, and demonstrate to local and regional NHS systems the strategic imperative and value of your capacity and provision. 

Due to procurement rules, we are restricted in how much we can say about the tender and the submission at this time. However, we will keep you regularly updated about the tender outcome (expected by the 25th of October) and developments of our partnership with British Red Cross.

If you have and questions or considerations you wish to raise, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at john.mason@ageuk.org.uk or lauren.chalk@ageuk.org.uk.

Exciting funding opportunity for our dementia programme in 2022

We are delighted to invite the Age UK Network to apply for the second round of grant funding as part of the Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme.

We are delighted to invite the Age UK Network to apply for grant funding as part of the Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme. With generous funding from the Association of British Insurers’ Covid-19 Support Fund (launched in May 2020 to help those hit hardest by the pandemic), 32 grants are available to deliver the only non-drug treatment recommended to improve cognition, independence and well-being for people living with mild to moderate dementia. Applications are open from Monday 4th October 2021 and will close on Monday 1st November. Find out how to apply below.

MCST takes places on a weekly basis in a group setting and provides its members with the opportunity to take part in meaningful and stimulating activities that are proven to help maintain memory and mental functioning. The groups are also a fun, supportive environment where people can build new friendships and peer support.  

Grants of up to £20,000 are available to set up two MCST groups over a 12-month period, which can be delivered face-to-face, virtually, or one of each. 

Applications are open from Monday 4th October 2021 and will close on Monday 1st November, with successful partners commencing set up in January 2022. For information regarding the current Programme, please see our website here.

If you have any queries about this new funding opportunity, then please email the team on DementiaMCST@ageuk.org.uk. If you’re having any trouble accessing the loop please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

We are very much looking forward to continuing our work with the Age UK Network in making this programme a great success.

Trial support for carers who don’t speak English

UCL are applying for additional funding to translate, adapt and test iSupport in at least one other language in the UK. Find out how you can take part.

University College London (UCL) are currently delivering a trial evaluating the effectiveness of the World Health Organisation iSupport intervention for family caregivers of people with dementia. However, the intervention is only currently available for people who speak English, meaning that many do not have access. UCL are applying for additional funding to translate, adapt and test iSupport in at least one other language in the UK – probably Punjabi, though this will be driven by those available to work with UCL on this. If your local Age UK has links to groups of local carers who do not speak English and would like to take part, please contact Aimee Spector as soon as possible at a.spector@ucl.ac.uk. Thank you.

Fundraising Bulletin #14 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding

The latest fundraising bulletin on public, corporate, public sector and trusts funding is now available. This month’s edition also includes a short survey to gather your feedback on these bulletins.

Welcome to the latest funding bulletin. This edition includes: our upcoming Free Wills Month campaign; a highlight feature on our externally funded holistic Information & Advice programmes; news of the next grants round open to local Age UKs for the Dementia MCST programme; and a new local grant fund launched by the National Emergencies Trust. We’d also very much appreciate your feedback on whether the bulletin is working for you by answering five brief survey questions which can be found within this month’s bulletin. Thank you kindly.


You can take part in our quick survey about the Funding Bulletin by clicking here.