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.

Sport England want to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year by supporting projects that bring a community together and provide opportunities for people who may be less physically active. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund aims to use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing a community together and tackling inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding. If you would be interested in applying for this funding, you can find out full details on the Sport England website.

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.

Thank you to those who have already responded to our request for feedback on new funded programmes. If you haven’t had chance to complete the survey yet, this is a quick reminder that the deadline is 14th January. You can read the original article below to find out full details, or click here to get started.

Age UK has been providing grant-funding through our programmes for many years and 83% of the local Age UK network received some funding via this route in 2020/21. The Age UK Wellbeing Department is continuing to develop new programmes and we are keen to ensure that these new schemes are impactful for older people and are beneficial to the Age UK network. To that end, we would be grateful if you could complete this short survey by the end of the day on 14th January 2022, to help us to understand more about what you would like programme funding for in the future. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes.

Please note that, although we will endeavour to generate and provide as much funding as possible to the local network, we can’t guarantee that we will be able to offer the programmes identified through the survey – but we will certainly do our best!

If you’ve any queries about this survey please contact Alison Ingram – alison.ingram@ageuk.org.uk.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – Afghanistan Veterans Fund

The Fundraising Team share details of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – Afghanistan Veterans Fund.

Following the release of the December Funding Bulletin on Wednesday, the Fundraising Team have been alerted to another available fund which closes on 17th January 2022 before the next bulletin is released. Full details of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – Afghanistan Veterans Fund can be found below and we have added it retrospectively to the December Bulletin.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – Afghanistan Veterans Fund

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The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has announced a new fund, the Afghanistan Veterans Fund.  Registered charities with substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities can apply to Strand 4 of the fund. (Substantial recent experience of supporting Armed Forces communities means that you can show that working with veterans, Armed Forces families or serving personnel is and has been a significant and regular part of your existing work.)

Funding is available for regional and more localised projects that increase capacity in services and initiatives that offer support and comradeship, engagement and wellbeing efforts for Armed Forces veterans who served in Afghanistan or other recent conflicts, and also for their families and carers.   Grants of up to £35,000 are available for projects lasting up to a year.  Funding is available for people’s time, the costs of delivering work online or buying/hiring equipment.

Your project might include the following costs:

  • Staff time, including time-managing volunteers that may be involved in your project.
  • Sessional staff or freelancers that you may need to run your project and activity.
  • Appropriate clinical supervision for workers who are supporting vulnerable individuals
  • Purchasing items that provide practical support, or that can enable activities to take place.
  • Purchasing items that you may need to provide support, such as additional telephones or laptops.
  • Reasonable costs for storing and transporting items, including wear and tear on private vehicles.
  • Reasonable overheads that reflect the cost to your organisation of delivering its services.

You will need to submit your application by midday on 17 January 2022, and you’ll receive a decision before the end of March 2022.

Further details can be found here.

Survey: Future Programme Funding for the Age UK Network

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.

Age UK has been providing grant-funding through our programmes for many years and 83% of the local Age UK network received some funding via this route in 2020/21. The Age UK Wellbeing Department is continuing to develop new programmes and we are keen to ensure that these new schemes are impactful for older people and are beneficial to the Age UK network. To that end, we would be grateful if you could complete this short survey by the end of the day on 14th January 2022, to help us to understand more about what you would like programme funding for in the future. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes.

Please note that, although we will endeavour to generate and provide as much funding as possible to the local network, we can’t guarantee that we will be able to offer the programmes identified through the survey – but we will certainly do our best!

If you’ve any queries about this survey please contact Alison Ingram – alison.ingram@ageuk.org.uk.

Fundraising Bulletin #17 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | December 2021

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below. The Fundraising Team would also like to wish you a happy and restful Christmas!

Welcome to the latest and last funding bulletin of 2021. Although a bit briefer than normal, there are some new grant opportunities that could make an important difference to your work in your communities. There is also a short survey from the Age UK Wellbeing department to complete. Wishing you a happy and restful Christmas from the Fundraising team!

You can view or download the Bulletin below:


Age International and DEC launch new Afghanistan Crisis Appeal

Age International is raising money together with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) for the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal. Find out full details below.

Afghanistan is on the brink of humanitarian disaster. The Disasters Emergency Committee and its member agencies, including Age International, have launched a new appeal to get life-saving aid to people in need before the coming winter deepens the crisis. Find out full details below, including some actions you can take to help.

Older people in Afghanistan have already lived through 40 years of war, conflict and economic crisis with the situation worsening yet again since the summer of 2021. 

Economic collapse has sent food prices soaring. Adding to this, the country is suffering its worst drought in almost 30 years. This is exacerbating existing levels of extreme hunger. The situation is so severe in some regions that 8 million people are on the brink of famine.

Millions of people have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety and are now living in temporary shelters, requiring urgent food and other essential supplies to help them survive the winter.

Winter will only make the situation worse. The country experiences severe and harsh winters with temperatures as low as -12oC. Hypothermia and respiratory diseases will increase, putting even more lives at risk. Older people are more vulnerable to the effects of the cold, respiratory diseases and malnutrition. They are also at greater risk of COVID-19, with less than 10% of the country having been vaccinated.

We only have a short window of time to deliver life-saving aid to older people in Afghanistan before the harsh winter sets in. In the coming months, millions of people will go hungry in the freezing winter or die from preventable diseases, and, without urgent assistance, many people will struggle to survive. 



How Age International is supporting older people in Afghanistan

Our partner on the ground has decades of experience working in the region helping those most at risk and who otherwise may have been forgotten.

Together, we are assessing the most urgent needs of older people and their families and developing an emergency relief cash assistance programme that will get aid quickly to the older people who need it most.

The programme will enable older people to buy the lifesaving essentials that they urgently need to help them through the winter such as:

  • Food to feed themselves and their families
  • Clean water and hygiene products to help keep healthy
  • Essential medicines and healthcare
  • Better shelter to protect from the worst of the cold

Find out more on our website.

We have also answered questions our supporters may have about the appeal, including how and why we are working in Afghanistan, here.


How you can help

If you would like to support the appeal, there are several ways to get involved:

Help us fundraise

Start a fundraiser on Facebook and ask your friends and family to donate to support our work – especially if you have a birthday coming up!

http://www.facebook.com/AgeInternational  

You can make a donation to the appeal on our website

Share

Spread the word about the appeal and share our posts on social media:

Thank you for your support!

Christmas Fundraising Campaign – Campaign Assets now live on Brand Hub

The campaign assets for this year’s Christmas Fundraising Campaign are now available on Brand Hub! Find full details here.

Following on from our recent update about our Christmas Fundraising Campaign, the first batch of Christmas assets are now available on Brand Hub to help you promote your Christmas campaigns on social media. If you click into ‘Assets’ they are right at the top. You will see three different versions of wording for social media, as well as images that are the correct dimensions for those channels.

Last year, you may remember that we adapted our campaign messaging to reflect the increased level of need, with the campaign line ‘Now more than ever, no one should have no one’. This year, we have a new campaign proposition asking supporters to ‘Make Christmas a little brighter for a lonely older person’. Full details can be found here.

A reminder of what you’ll see and where of Age UK’s national campaign

Online: We will be launching an integrated fundraising and brand campaign across our social channels which you may see on Facebook and Instagram, as well as testing new channels such as YouTube and Online Display to really make our campaign as digital first as possible. When streaming TV on digital channels you may also see some videos of Age UK storytellers.

Offline: We have inserts, door drops, partially addressed mail and our Warm Appeal all launching in November. As usual, we will have some PR activity around Christmas and be looking at ways we can involve our celebrity ambassadors to generate coverage and amplify our campaign.

The campaign will be driven by the experiences of real people who have been supported by Age UK’s national Telephone Friendship Services who have been kind enough to share their stories. Our lead storyteller is Terry, who you will see on the majority of our creative, and our two supporting storytellers are Connie and Michael.  All three of them will feature heavily across our digital channels, as well as in print. We are so grateful to them all for sharing their stories with us to help support the Christmas campaign.

Useful contacts 

We’d love it if you’d like to get involved in the campaign this year.  If you have any questions, please find some useful contacts below:

Fundraising Bulletin #16 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | November 2021

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below. There’s still time to complete our short feedback survey about this bulletin too.

Welcome to the latest funding bulletin! This edition includes an update on a proposed new round of the Tackling Inequalities Fund – now called the Together Fund, a highlight feature on the Age UK Think Digital programme, and new and ongoing grant funding opportunities for local Age UKs. We hope you find it useful. A big thank you to everyone who has responded to our feedback form about this bulletin so far, the survey will remain open until November 30th, so there’s still time to share your thoughts if you’d like to.

You can view or download the Bulletin below:


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.

Age UK Winter Fundraising Update – Jingle Bakes and Run Your Age

This winter, we’re running two fundraising campaigns! “Run Your Age” returns as a national campaign and we have a new national and local campaign “Jingle Bakes”. Find out how your organisation can get involved.

Earlier this month we were excited to let you know about our 2021 Brand & Fundraising Winter Campaign! As part of this campaign and in line with our strategy to grow and diversify fundraising income, we’re continuing to launch and test community fundraising products. Last year, we launched a national campaign, Run Your Age and this year we’re adding a new campaign that can be run both nationally and locally; a Christmas bake sale called Jingle Bakes. Find out all about both campaigns below, including how your organisation can get involved with Jingle Bakes.

Jingle Bakes 

Jingle Bakes will launch on 1st November.

We’ll be asking members of the public to organise a Jingle Bakes Christmas bake sale at home, or at work, and fundraise for Age UK between 10-12 December. 

We worked with a specialist mass-engagement creative agency to create a Christmas product that can be run nationally and adapted locally by Age UK brand partners – we’d love for you to get involved!

From 3rd November, log in to the Brand Hub and search ‘Jingle Bakes’ to access materials that you can adapt and use locally for your own organisation.

We’re investing money nationally to develop fundraising activities and products with a ‘test and learn’ approach so if you take part in this campaign, please be prepared to share insight into how the concept was received by your local supporters, plus how much you raised. This will be critical to helping us understand whether to develop this mutually beneficial product further – thank you.

Run Your Age 

Secondly, just for your information, we will be marketing, nationally, Run Your Age for a second year, taking the learnings from the 2020 launch test, to trial new elements of the campaign.

Unlike Jingle Bakes, our Run Your Age campaign continues to remain a national-only product while we continue to invest in its development. However, we still wanted to let you know that we will start promotion on 1 November through to the end of December. 

Get in touch

Thank you – and if you have any questions, please email us at events@ageuk.org.uk