Funding Bulletin #23 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | June 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the June funding bulletin! This edition includes a reminder of the new funding round for Age UK’s Warm Homes programme, together with ongoing grant funding opportunities for physical activity projects in local communities.

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Warm Homes Programme – Applications now open!

The Warm Homes Programme is set to return this Autumn! Find out more here, including how to apply and details of an upcoming introductory webinar.

Calling all Age UK brand partners in England and Wales! Subject to approval from Ofgem, Age UK are planning to deliver a new round of the Warm Homes Programme from Autumn 2022. Find out full details of the programme below, including how to apply before the July 5th deadline and details of an upcoming introductory webinar.

Similar to previous years, the Warm Homes Programme will aim to address the main causes of fuel poverty and cold related ill-health through benefit entitlement sessions and home energy checks. We expect the delivery period to run from approx. September 2022.

Programme Guidelines and Contact Details

Please find attached guidelines for both benefit checks and home energy checks which explain the programme’s requirements and details in depth.

If you require further information, please feel free to contact the Project Team (warmhomes@ageuk.org.uk) to discuss any questions you may have ahead of the application process (please write SY12 QUERY in the subject box).

Upcoming Introductory Webinar – Weds 22nd June

We will also be running a webinar to discuss the programme and answer any questions regarding the application process from partners who are interested in applying. This will take place on Wednesday 22nd June 2022 at 11.30am-12.30pm.

Please register for this webinar by emailing the project team on warmhomes@ageuk.org.uk (please write SY12 WEBINAR in the subject box).

How to submit your application

Applications for this programme must be submitted via GIFTS by noon on Tuesday 5th July 2022:

  • To start benefit check applications, click here.
  • To start home energy check applications, click here.

To log into your GIFTS account so that you can resume your application/s, please click here.

You can view a guide to the GIFTS system here. For any issues or queries when applying for funding through GIFTs, please contact the Grants Team on grants.unit@ageuk.org.uk

Please note applications submitted after the July 5th deadline will be automatically rejected.

Dementia MCST Programme | Final round of funding – applications close Monday 13th June!

A reminder that applications for the final round of funding for the Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme are open! Find out full details below.

A reminder that applications for our third and final round of funding for Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme are open! This is the final grant period for our MCST programme, the grants are for £20,000 and the closing date for applications is Midday on Monday 13th June 2022. You can find out full details of this funding on the loop here, and please do get in touch if you have any questions – dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk.

We look forward to receiving your applications. Please feel free to contact dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk if you feel a small deadline extension following the 13th of June would be helpful.

If you are having any trouble accessing the loop, please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Dementia MCST Programme – Final round of funding now open!

A reminder that applications for the final round of funding for the Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme are open! Find out full details below.

A reminder that applications for our third and final round of funding for Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme are open! This is the final grant period for our MCST programme, the grants are for £20,000 and the closing date for applications is Midday on Monday 13th June 2022.

You can find out full details of this funding on the loop here, and please do get in touch if you have any questions – dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk.

We look forward to receiving your applications. Please feel free to contact dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk if you feel a small deadline extension following the 13th of June would be helpful.

If you are having any trouble accessing the loop, please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Funding Bulletin #22– Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | May 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the May funding bulletin! This edition includes details of an exciting new transport-based project addressing loneliness, together with new and ongoing grant funding opportunities for local Age UKs. We hope you find it useful.   

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Sport England and Crowdfunder – Active Together Funding Scheme

Get up to £10,000 to help keep your community physically active through Sport England and Crowdfunder’s Active Together Funding Scheme.

We wanted to let you know that Crowdfunder UK and Sport England have teamed up to make £7.5 million of match funding available to help the physical activity sector through the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and support the safe return to play. They are encouraging not-for-profit organisations who play an important role in keeping their community physically active to get involved. Applicants must set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds that can then by matched by Sport England with funding of up to £10,000.

Active Together is specifically targeted at organisations who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but who are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis.  

For more information about the Active Together fund please follow this link:

Additional Information

Please note: the ‘Pledge Criteria’ taken from their website is as follows:

  • If your application is approved, you’ll get match funding of up to 50% towards your initial crowdfunding target, up to a maximum of £10,000.
  • To receive a pledge, you will need to do two things (the ‘pledge conditions’):

1) raise at least 25% of your initial target

2) raise this from a minimum number of supporters.

  • Following receipt of a pledge you will also need to reach 100% of your initial funding target to receive the funds from Sport England.
  • Sport England reserves the right to vary these pledge criteria; projects will be notified if their pledge criteria will vary from the stated terms above.

Dementia MCST Programme – Final round of funding now open!

The third and final round of funding for the Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme is now open! Find out full details below.

We are excited to announce that applications for our third and final round of funding for Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Programme are now open! This is the final grant period for our MCST programme, the grants are for £20,000 and the closing date for applications is Midday on Monday 13th June 2022. You can find out full details of this funding on the loop here, and please do get in touch if you have any questions – dementiamcst@ageuk.org.uk.

If you are having any trouble accessing the loop, please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Chance to win £5,000 by entering the Craig Macdonald Memorial Prize

If your organisation is working in your local communities to help close the digital divide, you have the chance to win £5,000 by entering the Craig Macdonald Memorial Prize in the Digital Leaders 100 Awards 2022

Is your organisation working in your local communities to help close the digital divide? If so, you have the chance to win £5,000 by entering the Craig Macdonald Memorial Prize in the Digital Leaders 100 Awards 2022. Find out full details below.

Craig Macdonald was a technology professional dedicated to public service who passed away suddenly in early 2020. In honour of Craig’s memory, Tech Investor Rob Wilmot is partnering with Digital Leaders for the second time to award a prize of £5,000 for the best grassroots organisation working in their local community to help close the digital divide.

Last year’s winners were Knowledge Pool, a free training platform in Doncaster offering intensive training in Microsoft tools. Information about Knowledge Pool and how the Craig Macdonald Memorial Prize has impacted them can be found here.

Enter for the Craig Macdonald Memorial Prize using this link, or enter for one of the 11 other Digital Leaders categories.

Funding Bulletin Updated

We were made aware of the above opportunity after we published our latest Funding Bulletin on Tuesday. We have updated the bulletin to reflect this and you can download the updated document below:

Fundraising Bulletin #21 – Updates on Public, Corporate, Trusts and Public Sector Funding | April 2022

The latest fundraising bulletin is now available for you to view below.

Welcome to the April funding bulletin! This edition includes details of the final round of grant funding for Age UK’s Dementia MCST Programme, together with an update on grant funding available during 2022 to support physical activity projects in local communities. There is also an update on the Levelling Up funding to be distributed across the UK. We hope you find it useful.

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Update on Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) and the Together Fund Physical Activity Grants

An update on the transformation of Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund into the new Together Fund and details how local Age UKs can access these new grants.

We wanted to provide an update on the grant funding available over the coming year to support local Age UKs to run physical activity projects in your communities. This update covers the transformation of Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund into the new Together Fund and details how local Age UKs can access this new grant.

Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF)

Over the past 12-18 months, funding from Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) has been available to encourage older people to get active as they recover from the worst of the pandemic. 

During 2021, as one of Sport England’s National Partners, the Age UK TIF programme made 41 grant awards of up to £6,000 to 38 local Age UKs for physical activity projects ranging from Tai Chi sessions to walking groups, with around 3,500 older people benefitting overall. Many other local Age UKs have also delivered physical activity projects funded through other Sport England National Partners such as their local Active Partnership and Versus Arthritis since the launch of TIF in summer 2020. It has been a tremendous effort and achievement by all those delivering these projects. 

The Together Fund

The TIF programme has since transformed into the Together Fund grants programme with a further investment from Sport England. The Together Fund’s purpose, however, remains unchanged in aiming to provide a range of physical activity opportunities for local communities, based on local need, and specifically targeting people with long-term health conditions, those living with disabilities, culturally diverse communities, and lower socio-economic groups.  

Age UK will not be awarding grants through the Together Fund, but all local Age UKs will instead be able to access Together Fund grants of up to £10,000 for new physical activity projects through other TIF National Partners, in particular Active Partnerships and Versus Arthritis. Find out all about these opportunities below:

Local Active Partnership

All local Age UKs can approach their local Active Partnership about Together Fund grant support, and those with an existing relationship with their local Active Partnership are especially encouraged to do so. 

To discuss your project idea with your local Active Partnership, please contact them here.

Versus Arthritis

The Versus Arthritis Together Fund grants programme is now open for applications for new activities in England that specifically support people living with long-term health conditions to get active. An application for the fund will need to be submitted using their Grant Tracker System which can be found here. The fund will be open for applications for a limited period until the end of May 2022.

Versus Arthritis also has a new grants fund – Let’s Move Together Fund – open to local organisations in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland – supporting people with arthritis and other long-term health conditions to get active. 

Further details of the Versus Arthritis Together Fund and Let’s Move Together Fund can be found here or by contacting physicalactivityVA@versusarthritis.org  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at TIF@ageuk.org.uk.