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.

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:

Reminder: Deadline Extended for Dementia Programme Grant Funding!
A reminder that the deadline to apply for the second round of grant funding for the Dementia MCST Programme has been extended to Monday 6th December.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

Charity Finance Group Membership Bursaries

Garfield Weston Foundation still has several bursaries available for smaller charities to join the Charity Finance Group! Find out how to apply before the 31st October deadline.

We have been made aware of an opportunity for smaller charities to join the Charity Finance Group (CFG) via a bursary made available by the Garfield Weston Foundation. The bursary closes at the end of this month – our apologies for the short notice of this reminder. Full application details are below and we would recommend the offer to any Brand Partners who are not already members of the CFG, as the benefits of membership are well worth the modest annual subscription.

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.

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.

Still time to apply for Digital Inclusion Funding Opportunities

A final reminder that we have three exciting digital inclusion funding opportunities still open for applications, with two Tablet Loan Schemes and a Digital Champions programme now live. Find all the details here.

There is still time to apply for our three new funding opportunities for upcoming digital inclusion programmes before the closing time of 12pm Wednesday 29th September. The funding opportunities include two Tablet Loan Schemes funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively, along with a Digital Champions programme also funded by Vodafone. The Dixons Carphone funding is available to Brand Partners in England and both Vodafone opportunities are available for Partners in England and Wales. Read on to find out more, including how to apply.

Although the number of older people who are digitally connected continues to rise, there are still around 5 million people over the age of 55 who are not online. We live in an increasingly online world, with many key services moving to become ‘digital first’, and while many older people have embraced digital technology, there are others who are less confident who are at risk of being left behind. Digital inclusion is about making sure that people have the capability to use the internet to do things that benefit them day-to-day. It is defined in terms of digital skills, digital connectivity and digital accessibility. These new programme opportunities will each address the different aspects of digital inclusion.

Tablet Loan Schemes

We have two Tablet Loan Scheme funding opportunities available, funded by Dixons Carphone and Vodafone respectively. These programme opportunities will begin delivery in November 2021, and will provide participating partners with gifted technology to support the delivery of a Tablet Loan Scheme locally, as well as a small grant to support the coordination of delivery and collection and sharing of programme data. The two funding opportunities differ in terms of the delivery period and the partners they are available to, so please do read the relevant Programme Guidance available on the Loop before applying to ensure your organisation are eligible.

For more information on these opportunities, please click below:

These funding opportunities close on 12pm Wednesday 29th September.

Digital Champion Programme

We also have a new funding opportunity for partners in England and Wales to apply for funding to support the delivery of a six-month Digital Champion programme in their area, recruiting and training staff and volunteer Digital Champions to inspire older people to get online, and spend some time showing them how. This programme is funded by Vodafone and will begin delivery in November 2021.

For more information on this opportunity, please click here.

This funding opportunity closes 12pm Wednesday 29th September.

Contact

If you have any questions about any of these new opportunities, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk

Updated guidance for Vodafone Digital Champion funding opportunity

The Programme Guidance for the Vodafone Digital Champion funding has been updated, find full details here.

Following on from yesterday’s digital inclusion funding reminder, we have updated the guidance for the Vodafone Digital Champion programme to make clear that the programme activities and staff roles, are guidance only. The guidance details a model we have found to work well, but partners are welcome to submit applications with alternative ways of achieving the outcomes. All changes made to the guidance are highlighted in blue. For more information on this opportunity, and to view the guidance, please click here.

Please note: This funding opportunity closes 12pm Wednesday 29thSeptember.

If you have any questions about the guidance or the opportunity, please get in touch with servicesdigital@ageuk.org.uk